Two things are bugging me. First, the partisan complaint:
There is a part of me that feels so... ripped off at this moment. I really thought this was going to be the year the women really broke the glass ceiling, with its proverbial 18 million cracks. And, of course, I thought the Senator from New York would the the one causing all those shards of glass to rain down like a February snow in Buffalo. And... her limitations understood (which, for me, include a disconcerting tack to the right I've witnessed during the campaign, and the irrational hatred felt towards her by a significant minority of US citizens), she was just the right woman to do it. Smart, exquisitely educated, oodles and oodles of experience. An attorney with who fought for the rights of children and women. Someone who knows the ins and the outs of the health care system like I know the back of my hand. (Actually, once I confused the back of my hand with the back of my boyfriend's hand... perhaps a story for another day...) My friend G. said to me, as we walked along Peaks Island a couple of weeks ago, "Oh, clearly, she was head and shoulders above everyone else in the field. There was no question." There was no question.
So... now there's a woman on a major party ticket and it's not her. Not only is it the Republican nominee, but it's an anti-choice, anti-GLBT, anti-evolution, pro-gun, pro-big oil, pro-book censorship (for God's sake!!!) woman. Oh my heart. It just hurts. It rankles.
That's the partisan complaint. Now for the feminist one.
The way people are talking about this woman is making my blood boil. I have heard:
- She can't do the job of vice-president and be a good mother to five kids.
- She can't do the job of vice-president with a four month old baby with Down Syndrome.
- If she were really a Christian woman she'd be staying home with her family.
- She wears go-go boots (my honest reaction to this one? jealousy... I want some).
- She's too beautiful... how distracting.
- Do you think McCain picked her because he kind of wants to date her???
I sincerely hope this is my last post on the subject. I need to write a sermon.