Hockey Mom

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"Hockey Mom"

I disagree with almost everything in this Megan McArdle post but this is well-put:

The “hockey Mom” schtick is a political lie. You could not possibly be a hockey Mom and the vice president of the United States, or for that matter, governor of Alaska. Todd is a hockey Mom. Sarah Palin, whatever she has done in the past, is now exactly like male politicians: someone else is doing the main work of raising her kids. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, of course, and as political hogwash goes, it’s pretty low-grade.

Right — as far as Palin goes, this is boilerplate BS that’s not worth criticizing — I doubt you could run for office without engaging in some implausibly pieties. But it would be nice for the country as a whole to spend some time appreciating the basic fact that they only way for women to achieve anything resembling social and political equality with men is to go beyond formal legal equality and actually have more Palin-style marriages in which a man is willing to play a basically supportive, family-oriented role so that his wife the talented public speaker can pursue her political ambitions. I think it’s great that the Palins have been able to combine a marriage like that with an approach to life that’s otherwise quite traditionalist, and it’d probably be good for America to have some more discussion of that.

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