I’m a firm believer, feminist or not, if you jump into a pile of shit – you clean up your own mess; and Hilary Rosen is no exception.
Her statement regarding Ann Romney having “never worked a day in her life” was stupidity at it’s best. You’re damn right it was a poor choice of words Hilary; CNN pays you for your opinion, so your wording requires a little more responsibility than most.
That being said, Rosen blew what was a valid point in the discussion – Ann Romney has never had to worry about a roof over her head, or whether the bills would be paid every month; so while she’s out fact-finding for Mitt, who can’t seem to connect with women, I seriously doubt she can fathom the difficulties faced by mainstream America either, no matter how well they explain it to her.
Ann Romney is who she is, the product of a comfortable life; and she can’t be begrudged for having successful parents or a successful husband. The choice to stay home and raise your kids deserves the same respect as mothers who must work, or choose to work while raising their children, and that is where Conservatives lose their right to indignation over Rosen’s comment.
Phyllis Schlafly and her ilk have always lauded stay-at-home Moms while castigating those who work, need public assistance, or for whatever reason are raising their children as a single parent. They also falsely claim that Obama gets the majority of the female vote because women are dependent, which is hardly the case; he gets the majority of the female vote because he views women as equals.
I ask you, which scenario is the real dependency; those mothers married or single, who are struggling to provide for their family, or a woman content to live off of her husband, long after the children are raised.