Hello, everyone! It’s been quiet lately, or I’ve slept through any entertainment kerfuffles.
I hesitate to bring this up for fear of launching a tug-of-war. Politics is not entertainment for me, but for many it’s something they can’t turn away from. Here in the States, the political arena is gearing up fast and furious. It’s a time I really can’t stand – regardless of party affiliation, I end up feeling like if I vote, I’m voting for the candidiate I think will inflict the least harm. That’s neither here nor there, really.
From a feminist standpoint, Republican candidate John McCain naming Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate has sent the media into a tailspin. Some of it’s about politics, but often the commentary is littered with sexism. FCOL, CNN just used the term ‘hockey mom’ in a headline. The meat of the article might focus in a less gender-biased way, but jeez. From The Wall Street Journal‘s opinions page:
Imagine watching Sarah Palin, the gun-toting, lifelong member of the NRA, the PTA mom with teased hair and hips half the size of Hillary’s, who went … omigod … to the University of Idaho and studied journalism. Mrs. Palin with her five kids and one of them still virtually suckling age, going wham through that cement ceiling put there exclusively for good-looking right-wing/populist conservative females by not-so-good-looking left-wing ones (Gloria Steinem excepting).
Elsewhere on the internets, we’re seeing advice for Palin to stay at home to take care of her babies, commentary on her pregnant teen daughter and about a million other news tidbits focusing more on her personally than politically. Please feel free to share.
Shoot, even people I’m surrounded by have uttered the “I don’t like the sound of her voice” bullshit we’ve discussed here before. Yesterday a male coworker commented that he thought Palin was super hot.
Love Palin’s politics or hate them, it’s incredibly disheartening to see people focusing on things which are not entirely relevant or necessarily important versus keeping their debates about her political stance.
(I do have to link to The Daily Show, though, because sexism in politics certainly isn’t new. I’m afraid my bias might be showing, that’s dang funny.)
On what I think is a much less loaded topic, Beyonce calls weight gain “so much fun” and bemoans “I had to lose it,” she laments. “I was so angry with myself. I was like, ‘D’oh! Why do you have to go through this?’”. Oh, dear.
Alas, I lost the link to where female star salaries were again compared like a competition. Fail, SBG, fail. I was going to mention it, only because I can never seem to recall if ranking by salary gets done for male stars. Even if they did, can you imagine doing a side-by-side comparison? It might reveal too much…
What have you all been buzzing about that I might have missed?