One of my favorite things about reading blogs is reading the comments; I often find them more interesting than the post itself. So as I was attempting to re-enter the real world from my mini-vacation (more on this later, because I know you’re dying to find out if I actually took a vacation on my vacation, yes you do!) and reading through the many blog posts about the selection Sara Palin as the VP on the Republican ticket I naturally jumped to the comments.
She is a controversial choice so the comments were colorful. I should have expected it but one theme caught me off guard: People questioning Sarah Pailin’s family values because she is a mother of five who is not spending more time taking care of her children. (Unfortunately I can’t link to the individual comments, but a great selection of them suggesting this can be found here.)
I have to admit that when I found out that she has five kids I thought, wow, how does she juggle being governor with being a mom of five? Does her husband stay home full time? Does she have a nanny? I was impressed and I was curious about the logistics she has in place to manage it all. (After all, I have a tough enough time juggling my work and being a mom to just one kiddo.
Part of me understands why people are bringing this up as an issue. Sarah Palin is anti-abortion and it’s likely that at least part of the reason she was chosen as McCain’s running mate is to appeal to so-called family value voters, many of whom hold traditional views about where moms belong (at home). But most of me is outraged that being a working mom with a large family and a demanding career can’t possibly be consistent with holding strong family values. Are we still in that stone age?