The New York Times weighs in with a bizarrely revealing editorial:
[Referring to his chief of staff in the governor’s office, Romney said:] “She said, I can’t be here until 7 or 8 o’clock at night. I need to be able to get home at 5 o’clock so I can be there for making dinner for my kids and being with them when they get home from school.”
Flexibility is a good policy. But what if a woman had wanted to go home to study Spanish? Or rebuild an old car? Or spend time with her lesbian partner? Would Mr. Romney have been flexible about that? Or if a man wanted similar treatment?
True equality is not satisfied by allowing the little lady to go home early and tend to her children.
Motherhood is by far the most important difference between women and men. To sneer at it as the equivalent of a hobby or an adult relationship, as the Times does, is to betray the misogyny at the heart of contemporary feminism.
posted 10 / 19 / 2012