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BigCatDaddy
09-09-2008, 10:49 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20080909/pl_politico/20934


The leaders of a women's political organization that launched earlier this year to support Hillary Clinton are speaking out against what they say are examples of media sexism toward Sarah Palin and urging members to tell the press corps "to back off."

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WomenCount, a group co-founded by top Hillary fundraiser Susie Tompkins Buell, posted a lengthy item on their blog decrying questions over whether Palin can, as a mother of five, juggle her family responsibilities and still be vice president.

"The very notion that Sarah Palin should not have accepted this nomination because she is a mother with demanding challenges underscores just how far we have to go," wrote Rosemary Camposano, the group's communications director.

She added: "It will be good for America to watch Sarah Palin on the campaign trail Ė bouncing from parenting to politics. Thatís how most women function Ė multi-tasking, leaning on friends and family, and waking up each morning and doing it all again."

The group notes, however, that they do not approve of Palin's politics. "We cannot pretend that Governor Palin meets any standard of progressive politics or social values," Camposano writes.

Unlike other feminist organizations which have taken up against Palin because of her conservative views, however, WomenCount says they'll "work to stamp out sexism when we see it on the campaign trail."

"To paraphrase the words of one blogger who said it best over the weekend: We will defend Sarah Palin against misogynist smears not because we like her or support her, but because thatís how feminism works."

WomenCount was founded earlier this year by Buell, once the head of Esprit and now a full-time philanthropist and activist, when Clinton was urged by some to quit the race. The group pushed back against such sentiments and has since contributed to other female candidates. They've also yet to endorse Obama

Clinton herself took to the campaign trail in Florida yesterday on Obama's behalf and urged voters to support the Democratic ticket. But, prompted by one spectator, she declined to take after Palin.

"You know what? I don't think that's what this election is about," Clinton said at a rally in Kissimmee. "This election is about the differences between us and the Republican Party,"

J Diddy
09-09-2008, 11:10 AM
To paraphrase the words of one blogger who said it best over the weekend: We will defend Sarah Palin against misogynist smears not because we like her or support her, but because thatís how feminism works.


and we will continue to smear because we are penisist

Alphaman
09-09-2008, 02:01 PM
Barack and Michelle Obama answered a similar question about how they manage their family with both of them carrying very taxing schedules. They said they couldn't do it without the help of Michelle's mother. It's not a sexist question if it is asked of the men as well. Since McCain's and Biden's children are old enough to be out of the house, it is an irrelevant question to them.

It's been asked of Obama. Palin should answer it as well. What steps will she take to ensure that the care of her children will not reduce her effectiveness as a VP?

How does any one cry foul on questions to Palin when she hasn't been made available to answer any questions? All the men have been made available to answer questions. Is the McCain campaign being sexist by stating she is not able to handle the intense questioning of the national media?

memyselfI
09-09-2008, 04:33 PM
Barack and Michelle Obama answered a similar question about how they manage their family with both of them carrying very taxing schedules. They said they couldn't do it without the help of Michelle's mother. It's not a sexist question if it is asked of the men as well. Since McCain's and Biden's children are old enough to be out of the house, it is an irrelevant question

Yes, it is. Because mothers are notoriously the caregivers who spend the most time with their children. Most mothers are women. Thus, this question is one that impacts a mother and father differently.

Not to mention, potential employers are not allowed to inquire about such things due to federal law restrictions placed upon them. Is Sarah Palin expected to fore go those protections because we are her employers?

I don't think so.