Normally, I would site my sources… but I’m gonna keep this one quick and to the point.
Women of America, stop comparing your work ethic and your abilities as a mother to Sarah Palin.
From time to time, over the Internet, on the TV, and in print I keep reading and seeing these discussions on ‘women having it all’. One sub-story to this topic is the question of women juggling children with work… the guilt… the shame… then it usually off shoots into sexism, gender inequality, parental bias…
Look, let me do you all a frick’n favor and tell you to just stop. Stop. Stop it I tell ya. You’re comparing yourselves to an unqualified, self-appointed martyr who lives in Alaska.
Now, not to say I know all there is to know about Mrs. Palin’s life, but I use to live in Montana. Montana, like Alaska, is one of those states where nature is paramount and the common man can fulfill their dreams of frontier life with the conveniences of some modern innovations.
Montana is pretty laid back. Sure, you hear stories about some local drunk who got in a fight, somebody who got busted for crystal meth, or somebody who shot their friend in the face with a shot gun by accident… but for the most part, life is simple.
There aren’t a lot of stop signs, traffic lights, or street congestions.
There isn’t a lot of diversity, cultural obstacles, or man-made deterrents.
Life is simple. Quiet. Peaceful.
You can go to the park without being harassed by a homeless guy. Gang violence takes a back seat to mosquitoes in a humid summer. Electric bills are kept low because everyone has a fireplace. Life is just different.
From what I’ve read, Sarah juggles raising her kids by having the husband do most of the work (I forget his job, I think he’s a career snowmobiler), and alternative weeks extended family steps in.
Sarah’s got a big yard. Nature all around. I’m sure her neighbors are nice and friendly. In a lot of ways, we all would probably love to have Sarah’s life. The thing is, she doesn’t do it alone. She has a network of family and small town community that cushions her lifestyle quite well.
Now, I’m not saying this somehow makes it a breeze… but I’m sure she can count the amount of traffic lights to her local PTA meetings and knows the grocery check out girl by first, last, and middle name.
Now, ya’ll are gonna let yourself be judged by this?
Are you all impressed that she shoots moose too?
Someone out there can debate this with me, but I’m pretty sure moose are a pretty easy kill, cause they’re big, slow, and dumb… not like deer… deer are pretty quick and nimble.
Palin’s world is an isolated haven in which you can trust nature to embrace your life and keep you safe from… well… the rest of the world… especially the other 48 land locked states (Hawaii is like Pluto).
People move to Alaska for the frontier. They don’t move there because it resembles Silicon Valley or Detroit… they go there because they want to be defined by nature, therefore they feel nurtured.
I can’t imagine a mother in Chicago or New York running a business, raising 5 kids, and finding time to hunt the local wild game. It’s just a joke to consider.
If anything, ask yourselves this…
Why are you giving this woman the time of day? She hasn’t done any work to consider what YOU go through on a daily basis. God and prayer seem to have the answers to what she doesn’t comprehend.
Her life is a simple life. Don’t let her complicate your life more by putting her in charge of it.
Stop giving her the time of day. She’s not THAT important. With me?