According to the NY Times, it’s the Mommy Wars: Special Campaign Edition.
But this time the battle lines are drawn inside out, with social conservatives, usually staunch advocates for stay-at-home motherhood, mostly defending her [Gov. Palin], while some others, including plenty of working mothers, worry that she is taking on too much.
And the others include working mothers who support Obama.
In interviews, many women, citing their own difficulties with less demanding jobs, said it would be impossible for Ms. Palin to succeed both at motherhood and in the nation’s second-highest elected position at once.
“You can juggle a BlackBerry and a breast pump in a lot of jobs, but not in the vice presidency,” said Christina Henry de Tessan, a mother of two in Portland, Ore., who supports Mr. Obama.
Isn’t the idea supposed to be that the children are the responsibility of a family? There might be a good argument for saying that a family cannot take on the VP-ship and a special needs child, but to assume that the clash is between being a mother with such a child and the job is, surely, just a bit…well, what?…Post-feminist?
Of course, there’s an easy explanation here. The working mothers recognize that she’d happily take away some of their most important choices, and fail to recognize some of their most important needs. So they’re dumping on her. Well, maybe, but let’s remember that the way these things get described is very important, and we are not doing ourselves a favor by suggesting that motherhood might bring special conflicts with a very demanding job that others, and that the mother’s decision is not necessarily the last word..
What do you think?