Posts Tagged ‘michelle obama’

A few months ago, I posted a status update to my Facebook page decrying the media’s insistence on portraying Michelle Obama as “mom-in-chief.”  I said that she was a lawyer who had graduated from a prestigious university, and now she was being “reduced” to a mother.  Several of my friends, parents of their own, objected, arguing that parenting is a legitimate job and should not be denigrated.  I agree: I don’t think it’s fair to trivialize the very real difficulties women in traditional, so-called nuclear families face when it is assumed that they are responsible for complete maintenance of the household and child-rearing.  These difficulties are compounded when both parents work, since women are still expected to shoulder the majority of  the child-care burden.  But the shift in the media’s framing of Michelle Obama is still telling, I think.  It suggests that no matter how much a woman accomplishes professionally, our culture will jump at any chance to get her back into the home, taking care of the kids. (more…)

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Edit/Note: An anonymous reader/poster has pointed out that the Sarah Palin Vogue cover photo below is a fake.  Apparently I wasn’t the only person fooled by it.  I found the image on dozens of web sites–including some newspapers–and all of them accepted it as authentic.  Still, I should have searched more carefully to confirm that it was a real cover.   The public’s (myself included) credulity about this image, I think, reinforces my central point.  I also think we could substitute Palin’s spread in Runner’s World for the faux-Vogue picture with less dramatic, but similar, effect.  Nonetheless, I apologize for not doing my “homework” here, and I thank the reader who pointed it out.  I shall endeavor not to make this kind of mistake again.  I am presenting my article in its original form.  I’ve learned a public lesson, and I’m not going to gloss over my error.

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During Sarah Palin’s resignation press conference, she chastised the media, saying “The response in the mainstream media has been most predictable [and] ironic.”  Putting aside the unlikelihood of anything being both predictable and ironic, can we say that the media’s coverage of Palin was either?


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