September 2008

Since we often focus on the woman’s role in society in the new millenium, I thought it might be interesting to look at what other people are saying about women and this 2008 election. Rachelle brought up a lot of good points in her Palin post and I thought it would be interesting to expand it out into a more general discussion.

Here’s a sample of opinions (Randomly pulled from a google search tonight on women/election 2008/roles). Obviously, many of them center around Palin, but it’s still fascinating:

This US News article from April talks about how unmarried women are a new demographic that politicians are paying attention to.

The media talking about the media coverage of Palin: “Sexist Treatment of Palin Must End”

Huffington Post on Cambell Brown’s comments.

The Palin Predicament, a USA Today Opinion Piece~ this one discusses many of the points we’ve been discussing in the original Palin post.

Women’s Roles in the Election by a WordPress blogger, Catherine Morgan.

And a smattering of the articles linked in the first Palin thread:

The Palin Problem (National Review Online)

The Double Standard (Inashoe- blogger)

The Miraculous Sanctification of the Republican Party (Doug Phillips/Geoff Botkin, Vision Forum Ministries)

Palin and Couric Interview (CBS/You Tube)

The Palin Paradox (Huffington Post)

I find it interesting that many of the article writers, etc. have a hard time defining the whole idea of the women’s role. Even in this small smattering, there is the words “predicament” “problem”, “paradox”, etc. And this runs across the board from the extremely conservative to the extremely liberal writers.

It seems to be the same shadow we’ve been wrestling with here on TW in different forms…where do we as women ‘belong’ in the millenium? What is our role as Christian women? As single women? As married women? As voters? As working women? As stay at home women? As mothers, aunts, sisters, daughters?  How does our faith play out on in the political arena, and what does it look like? Obviously, we all have different viewpoints on this, as indicated in the first Palin thread, but I am curious to hear your thoughts.

How do these opinions of us, ‘the women voters’ make you feel? Do you think it’s right on? Do you think it’s way off?

*remember, please keep it kind and graceful. Personal attacks and incendiary language will not be tolerated. Try to agree to disagree agreeably, please.*


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The conversation continues from Thread 2 on all things patriocentric.

I have read with interest the reception that Sarah Palin has received in the media and particularly in the Christian media and blogs. I’ve seen a few bloggers frustrated because they believe her ambition may supercede her responsibility to her family. But interestingly, most of the backlash has come from liberal bloggers who seem frustrated that all conservatives aren’t so easily pigeon-holed as “women should stay home and stay out of leadership” types.

It does present a dilemma. I definitely think a woman’s first priority should be a family (if she has one) but I also know many women capable of running circles around me in managing both their homes and families and having outside interests and obligations. The Proverbs 31 woman had a whole lot going on and comes off sounding like quite an ambitious woman if you ask me.

Sarah’s unique situation probably affords her a housekeeper and probably a nanny that can help with her youngest son Tryg. And before getting all judgmental about leaving a baby with Down’s Syndrome, she probably was able to have him at arm’s length in her work in the Governor’s Office. I imagine it will get trickier in the Old Executive Office Building (the VPs offices), but my guess is her son will have more access to her than the majority of working moms who have to drop a child off at daycare for 9-10 hours a day.

As for her daughter Bristol, who can judge? I know many a child of two upstanding committed parents (and stay-at-home moms) who has become pregnant out of wedlock. Teenagers typically have minds of their own. Her parents can be commended for not shuffling her off to a confidential abortion (at least their second demonstration of a commitment to life) in order to protect her mother’s career.

It will be hard for a 17-year old senior to raise a baby in Wasilla, Alaska with her mom clear across the country in Washington D.C. But many a young woman has had the same challenge, though for different reasons. Could it be that Sarah Palin has released her daughter to live with the adult consequences of the decision she has made? Or is she simply putting her ambition first? Or, like other great Americans male and female, is she putting her country first?