Reinforcing gender roles

/ 17 September 2008

Here’s an interesting article that explores how McCain’s choice of Palin actually reinforces stereotypical gender roles:

Palin is standing by her new man, McCain, in the sugary-sweet manner of a '50s pop song. Sure, she's a little feisty, but only in the service of making her war hero look manly and her own heroics look momly. She was strategically chosen as the sidekick who can call Obama a sissy without fearing the repercussions, and sway disappointed women voters in the process.

If elected, she will break the glass ceiling of vice-presidential politics, but then she'll do everything in her power to make sure that the gender roles in Washington -- and the rest of the country, for that matter -- stay exactly the same.