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re: Sarah Palin and the “Mommy Wars” vs racism: who will win?

If you’re not sure how Racism and Sexism are gonna clash in the upcoming presidential race, look at the following links:

www.nytimes.com/2008/09/02/us/politics/02mother.html

warner.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/04/the-mirrored-ceiling/

www.commondreams.org/view/2008/09/05-2

and older but still relevant:

warner.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/17/for-clinton-and-obama-the-burden-of-identity/

and from the local paper here, which I absolutely love (although it is not the Village Voice, it’s still good):

www.inlander.com/commentary/292543696451479.php

I seriously wonder which prejudice is gonna win out in this election.  I’m not really sure how the word "change" can be co-opted by so many different people at the same time, and still have some kind of distinct meaning.  (except that all want to distance themselves from W.)  help!  how can I not read the news?  and commentary?  but how can I read the commentary and news when their slant (wow!  what a neat development in the election!) is tripe?

And, lastly, sorry for the longish quote, Obama on Sarah Palin’s family, quoted from the Inlander article above: 
‘And what’s Barack Obama saying to all this?

"I have heard some of the news on this and so let me be as clear as possible. I have said before and I will repeat again, I think people’s families are off limits, and people’s children are especially off limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics, it has no relevance to Governor Palin’s performance as a governor or her potential performance as a vice president. And so I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories. You know my mother had me when she was 18. And how family deals with issues and teenage children that shouldn’t be the topic of our politics, and I hope that anybody who is supporting me understands that is off limits."’

I think there are several items which should not be off limits:  Why does Palin endorse NO sexual education in her state, and yet she has a pregnant teenager for a daughter?  And the old Feminist Movement question:  can a woman be a mother (of 5 children, one an infant with Down’s Syndrome), and have a the second-most imprtant job in US government?  To me, that is worth talking about. 

I think her 17-year old pregnant daughter is extremely relevant to how she would act as vice-president.  Would she support a ban on sexuality educaiton from public schools all over the country?  can other families across the nation (less weathy than Palin) afford to have teenage daughters?   can America handle the long-term economic and educative symptoms of teenage pregnancy?  (teen mothers often drop out of high school, rarely make more than minimum wage for the years while their children are young, and are often more likely to require government assistance…)  it’s a dangerous spiral, I think. 

and Abstinence Only is a crock.  for lots of reasons I won’t go into here… 

argh.  help me make sense of this. 

ETA:  one more article.   the best one yet.
www.truthdig.com/report/item/20080902_why_palins_business_is_our_business/

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