I’m not a feminist by any stretch, but I do believe in the power that women have to change lives, to lead and to make a difference. There is a frustration that has been festering inside my head ever since McCain announced that Sarah Palin would be his running mate, and that has to do with the fact that she is a woman, and how this fact is leading to second guessing and questioning of her abilities and parenting skills, and how the job of Vice-President might affect these things.

So my question is this; Are the talking heads in media circles and spotlights being sexist when it comes to Sarah Palin? From my vantage point, on the couch, they are. My favorite line was from John Robert’s of CNN, “Children with Down’s syndrome require an awful lot of attention. The role of vice president, it seems to me, would take up an awful lot of her time, and it raises the issue of how much time will she have to dedicate to her newborn child?”

Really, John? I’m so glad that someone has finally realized that raising children takes a lot of time! I’d like to suggest, however, that any child, no matter what, requires an “awful lot of attention” and that women (and men for that matter) all over the country get up, take care of their children and hold down jobs and the fort every single day. Are these same concerns being raised about anyone else’s’ children in the race? Of course not. What about the impact that a potential Obama presidency might have on his young daughters? It seems to me that being President of the United States is a big job too, and that a father’s role in his family is just as important as a mother’s. What about the poor Obama children, huh, John?

Apparently the glass ceiling is not a cracked up as we thought it might be if these are the questions being asked about Palin.

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