Friday, September 19, 2008

On Double Standards

Let me get this straight ...

If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different."

Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers -- a quintessential American story.

If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.

Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track -- you're a maverick.

Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.

Attend five different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.

If you spend three years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a constitutional law professor, spend eight years as a state senator representing a district with more than 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees ... you don't have any real leadership experience.

If your total resume is: local weather presenter, four years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with fewer than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people ... you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.

If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising two daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.

If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.

If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible.

If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner-city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's.

If your husband is nicknamed "First Dude," with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

hat tip to: The Snarky Squab

Also, I changed a few words here and there that I felt were sexist. Even if I don't like Sarah Palin, there's no need to call a grown woman a "girl", you know?


jael said...

yo, so now i've graduated to viewing you through reader, you get less comments.
Though i enjoy much :)

you still thinking about the walk!?:)

we could go sept 09 if that be better... Might indeed be...

You, me, the mountains and some rouncing yaks.
? :)

jael said...

less comments from me.

fucking agh. I tell you.
i'm suffering brain freeze of late.
everything is going down hill.
that, and i'm seriously considering upper-elementary teaching.
one day, i'll be back to coherent thought.
hope you're good.

Jezebella said...

I am still thinking about mountains and rouncing yaks, yes. My job search puts all plans in question, but I'm determined to work around the ridiculous need to pay the bills.

May or September preference depends on whether I decide to apply for teaching jobs or stick with curating.

Also, upper-elementary teaching? As in, tweenagers? Those, my dear, are the smelly years. I hope to never teach anyone under 18 again, but that's me.

Auberginefleur said...

Did you see:

it doesn't seem relevant at first, until you read further.