“Ms. Palin frightens me both for my country and for my grandchildren.” — Jane B., 73
In late August, Lyra Kilston, 31, and Quinn Latimer, 30, two not-very-political editors for Modern Painters magazine, found themselves suddenly immersed in the Presidential campaign. Enraged over the selection of Governor Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential nominee, they sent an e-mail to 40 friends.
“We are not against Sarah Palin as a woman, a mother, or, for that matter, a parent of a pregnant teenager, but solely as a rash, incompetent, and all together devastating choice for Vice President,” the New Yorkers wrote. “She was chosen by John McCain specifically because he believes that American women will vote for any female candidate regardless of their qualifications. He is wrong.” Keep reading »
Now that the Presidential primary race is over and the general election is underway, members of the media are looking back on their coverage of Hillary Clinton and trying to decide if they were sexist or not. Clark Hoyt, a writer for The New York Times takes his own employer to task and places a large amount of blame on Maureen Dowd, a columnist for the paper. Dowd was also named on the National Organization for Women’s Hall Of Shame list for her coverage of Clinton, which Hoyt describing as “loaded with language painting [Clinton] as a 50-foot woman with a suffocating embrace, a conniving film noir dame and a victim dependent on her husband.” Keep reading »
Last night I was watching Hardball and Chris Matthews asked one of his guests, radio host Heidi Harris, why most women vote Democratic. She said, “Sadly, a lot of women are very emotional, and they tend to think with their hearts and not with their minds about some of these issues. They tend to feel more of these kind of things than think it through.” This annoyed me, on a number of levels, because A) I don’t think it’s true that women, in general, vote with their hearts not their heads, B) I don’t see what the problem is with voting with your heart, in theory, and C) can’t you vote with both? Like, the head follows the heart or another such phrase? Anyway, then Harris launched into a whole rant about how women don’t really care about issues like abortion rights because the young women can’t remember a time without Roe V. Wade, and older women are too dried up to get pregs anyways. It was way insulting. But it got me thinking about the election and how you vote. Keep reading »