Do Women Face a Different Standard?

John ArmstrongFeminism & Women

Did anyone see the interviews this week with former aides to Senator Hillary Clinton during the RNC? Several of these former Clinton aides have openly criticized the “sexist” attacks on the Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. These attacks have led many to question her devotion to her family. Check out for more.

Howard Wolfson, a former top Clinton adviser, said: “There’s no way those questions would be asked of a male candidate.” And Paul Singer, who worked with Wolfson on the Clinton presidential campaign, said: “There’s no question that the issues a woman has to deal with are different. The real indictment that needs to be prosecuted is about her views, not her personal life.” He believes Hillary was victimized by sexist news coverage as well. Singer cited articles “on Clinton’s cleavage,” and whether she had the personality of a “bitch.” Palin has already heard various statements about her appearance as well. The even more tourbling stuff is the scandalous rumors about her family and the suggestion that she is being a bad mother. Is anyone as sick of the media and these blogs as I am?

What troubles me, as I noted earlier this week on this site, is that some self-righteous Christians are a part of this same attack, suggesting that they really know what only God can know, namely that Sarah Palin is a very bad mother. (See some comments found in one link on this own blog spot on Sarah Palin posted from earlier this week.) Mothers, all of them, need our support and encouragement, not this kind of undermining. If a mom can have a career, and there is no good biblical reason why she cannot, then please tell your friends who judge women on this kind of issue to “get a life.”