NYT’s Bruni: Working and Women
But [why the presidential race attack on a fully three-dimensional politician’s wife] Ann Romney? Rosen claimed that she was fair game because her husband had cited her as an adviser of sorts on women’s issues, but that doesn’t justify the personal nature of Rosen’s gibe. And tagging Ann Romney as sheltered and old-fashioned is such an obvious, facile and reductive putdown, just as the Catholic League’s subsequent derision of Rosen’s sexuality and family - she’s lesbian, with adopted kids - is cheap and gross. We have to be better than this.
Rosen also said that she wasn’t critiquing Ann Romney’s role as a homemaker but, rather, her charmed isolation from - and thus presumed insensitivity to - the financial hardships of mothers who must work.
WHEN did it become axiomatic that to care about people in economic distress you have to be personally familiar with it?
Late to it but this is good…and optimistic.