In the case of Sarah Palin, it seems to be the Republicans. Jennifer Rubin at PJM
Sarah Palin has set off a new round of political fisticuffs in the “Mommy Wars” and in the Culture Wars. How could a newcomer and her pregnant teenage daughter do all that in a mere six days on the national scene?
Perhaps it was inevitable that any woman selected, that is — any woman selected on a Republican ticket — would be subjected to inquiries about how she is going to manage domestic responsibilities.
Five kids of her own and a grandchild on the way simply provided the pretext for the media’s new found attention for a candidate’s familial responsibilities. How is Barack Obama attending to his young daughters? No one would dream to ask. But the McCain-Palin team is getting grilled on just this topic.
Columnists in the mainstream media, who ordinarily would not dare to question the premise that mothers should be able to work and aspire to successful careers, are now the parental police,...
If Palin were a Democrat, we would not be having this national conversation about her children, her ability to mother and the other dirt that the MSM is flinging against her. Instead, the media would hail her as a hero, a role model for young girls and beyond reproach. The hypocrisy is staggering.
Update: Katie Granju points out that not all liberals and feminists are using double standards in the Palin case:
"So Dr. Helen (and all you other conservative bloggers and pundits), please don't make such sweeping generalizations about how "liberals" and "feminists" are using a double standard when it comes to Sarah Palin as mother and candidate. I challenge you to recognize that there are a lot of us - myself included - who may not plan to vote for Sarah Palin, but who will certainly cheer her trailblazing political path as a great step forward for ALL women - and especially for working mothers."
And Ms. Granju, I challenge you to think before you make sweeping generalizations that "teenage boys are stupid."