13 April 2012

I Don't Think That Means What You Think It Means

Hilary Rosen is supposed to have taken a shot at Ann Romney because she was a SAHM and everyone's in an uproar.  But I don't think Rosen was talking about SAHMs or the value of the work they do.  She was talking about Ann Romney's personal economic experience.

It wouldn't have mattered if Ann Romney worked every day of her married life for minimum wage or the highest-paying job ever or anything in between because she didn't *need* to work.  Her husband was making plenty of money once he was finished with school.  She couldn't have had personal experience regarding the difficulties women face in this economy because her family has been wealthy for years.  Rosen is right about that.

But.  That doesn't mean Ann Romney can't be knowledgeable or aware or sensitive about this or any topic she hasn't personally experienced, or that her view is worthless. It would be silly to imply that we can only be an expert on our individual situations.  Ann Romney doesn't only understand wealthy, white, American, Mormon women any more than I only understand people just like me.  If that were the rule, then it would be exceedingly rare for any of us to feel that a politician could truly understand us.  That is an unreasonable expectation.

So I'm mildly annoyed that Rosen is implying that Ann Romney can't understand anyone who's not like her, but I don't think she's slamming SAHMs.

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