I was upset by part of Ann Romney’s speech this week when she was talking about parents of the world sighing as they tried to get their kids to bed: “And if you listen carefully,” she said, “you’ll hear the women sighing a little bit more than the men. It’s how it is, isn’t it? It’s the moms who have always had to work a little harder to make everything right.” Obviously she was pandering to the women of the crowd but she really took someone else down in the same swoop. We aren’t parents but this comment just perpetuates that whole “men are idiots” stereotype.
And at that moment, I was feeling two things. The first was that I was incredibly annoyed by it, like Taylor. The other was the thought that this is what it has recently been like for women and other groups on a pretty routine basis: seeing a politician that is outside of a group making commentary on that group like they know something. If you haven’t…been female…wanted birth control for YOUR OWN REASONS THAT YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE TO JUSTIFY…been gay…had an unplanned pregnancy…been raped…been poor and not had access to basic healthcare like mammograms…been in debt…been a minority…been a teacher…been any number of things…maybe keep your mouth shut a little longer and THINK before you act like you have any life experiences relating to it.