The questions, and in some cases open criticism, of Sarah Palin, which have been raised in recent days by the liberal media and political liberals, are being called sexist by Palin's advocates in the McCain campaign and by some in the conservative media. I have in mind issues like her daughter's illicit pregnancy, and questions about the feasibility or appropriateness of having a high level executive job in government while raising small children. So is sexism a fair charge to make in this case?
No. Let me explicate. For one thing, a distinction must be made between an issue in itself on the one hand, and the reasons it might be raised in any given circumstance on the other. That is, the liberals in raising these issues are not wrong. Another matter entirely would be their motivations. And I doubt very highly that their motivations are sexist in nature. They are probably political in nature. In other words, the proper question, I think, is not whether they would raise these questions about a man, but rather whether they would raise them about a liberal democrat female candidate. The political conservative Republican types are a bit defensive about this whole matter, and part of the reason may be that some of them know deep down that in this case the questions are proper, even if they may have been raised for improper reasons.
Is a woman in civil government a thing of which we ought to be proud? No, it is not. On this point I am neither ecstatic (sorry Fr. Fritz), nor stoked (sorry Fr. Beisel). The Christian woman, taking the Blessed Virgin Mary as her archetype, is content to be ruled by those God has placed over her, and she knows, and glories in the fact, that she is the type of the Church, and of truest Christianity, when she most fully lives out the receptive character of her feminine nature. As shockingly out of place in 2008 as it may seem, it must be said, therefore, that it is precisely in the realm of the home that the woman is most fully herself. She, in fact, is the home, which thankfully (eucharistically) receives the man in her life.
Odd as these thoughts no doubt are to some readers, they are worth exploring, and discussing further. My arm is still healing from a pinched nerve (therefore the brevity of this thesis), and I am about to pack up the computer, with everything else, in preparation for our move, so I won't be able to tend to such a discussion for a few days. But I wanted to express this point of view while it was still so politically timely.