Love of Gossip, Dislike of Palin Don't Justify Sexist Standards
Yesterday [I wrote this essay on Saturday, but glitches on the site prevented me from posting it until Sunday], I thought I must have misread two sentences in the juicy USA Today story by Jackie Kucinich and Catalina Camia  about The Rogue, Joe McGinniss's unauthorized biography of Sarah Palin.
First, Kucinich and Camia recount gossip about Palin, the kind of stuff that's warranted if Palin really broke some laws - both moral and otherwise - while holding herself out to be a devoutly religious, highly moral person or appallingly unwarranted if there is no basis for the stories.
But no matter how much one might love gossip and dislike Palin's politics, anyone interested in eradicating sexism should be frightened by their report that McGinniss describes Palin's marriage to Todd Palin as rocky and that "an unnamed source" attributes that to Sarah's "lack of domestic skills." They quote another unnamed source, this one described as "an old friend," as saying that Sarah would "burn water."
Why did these writers - especially when at least one and probably both are women - pen such sentences? And why did their editor let them stand, especially when the article was presented not as an opinion piece but a news story? They jump out from the story, sounding like a schoolyard taunt, "Nananana, and your marriage sucks, too!" And aren't you just dying to know who cooks those wolves she supposedly shoots?