Mommy Wars? Really?

This might be one of the most obnoxious articles I’ve read in awhile. Does it bother anyone else that at no point in this article do they debate her political credentials, just her “mommy” status? Media everywhere are jumping all over this, and it’s driving me nuts. When was the last time any of us heard someone question whether or not a man could be a father and hold a political office? On top of all of this, the judgment by other mothers is absolutely crushing. Just because someone chooses to parent in a different way does not make them a bad person. Am I bad person because I work instead of staying at home with my two-year-old son?

And what does this say about the state of fatherhood in our country that we don’t question how a man will be a good father and hold political office?

Perhaps the quote that I find most appalling from this article is below:

In all of Washington, there is perhaps one person whose life most resembles
the one that Ms. Palin is pursuing: Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers,
Republican of Washington and mother of an infant son with Down syndrome. Ms.
Rodgers cheered Ms. Palin’s entry into the race, saying it would draw attention
to the policy needs of children and families.
But Ms. Rodgers acknowledges that on some days, like the one when she had to run to the Capitol for a vote without taking a shower first, she wonders if she is doing the right thing. She feels then like many working mothers: caught between her job and “wanting to be the best mom and best wife you can possibly be.”


One Comment

  1. Trisha
    Posted September 18, 2008 at 3:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Here’s an article I found, written by Eve Ensler commenting on Palin and Feminism. It’s not really related to mommy wars but thought it was interesting enough to share.

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