Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Fusing Politics and Motherhood

I thought this quote from the NY Times story about Sarah Palin's youngest was somehow apt.
She assured them she would not take much time off: she had returned to work the day after giving birth to Piper. “To any critics who say a woman can’t think and work and carry a baby at the same time,” she said, “I’d just like to escort that Neanderthal back to the cave.”
I know mothers often taken weeks off after having a child, just the physical strain is enough. But after five children, I think Palin was congnizant of her limitations.

I am not sure what all the hubbub's about. the NY Times called the story fusing politics and motherhood in a new way. I didn't see anything in the story that indicated what Sarah Palin is doing is new in terms of motherhood. What is new is that a mother with school age or younger children is running for the Vice Presidency, but motherhood and politics is nothing new.

By the way, Todd Palin took a leave of absence from his job to help care for the newborn and is doing the same now that Sarah Palin is on the campaign trail. How many men can say they would do the same?

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