Observer crosspost: still nothing from the Morning News on mayoral mommying

Councilmember Angela Hunt.

So, I shot an email over to Gromer Jeffers, Jr., the guy at Dallas’ Only Daily who reckoned City Councilmember Angela Hunt might not be fit to run for mayor because she’s got a family. I asked him, “Was wondering what aspects of male candidates’ personal lives you felt would keep them from running quality campaigns?”

I haven’t heard back from him yet, but I did post more extensively on the Dallas Observer blog on the subject. Like so:

“Something as normal and wonderful as having a family is seen as a “con.” An actual con! The fact that Angela Hunt is married with a kid is a bad thing. Because while men have women in their lives to take care of all that boring family shit, women are asked to juggle both the public and private sphere. And you’ll remember, of course, that the public sphere is jam-packed with things women may not be able to handle because every once in a while, some of them, like Angela Hunt, give birth to babies. Lest us ladies forget our place, The Dallas Morning News is happy to remind us where we really belong.”

Read the rest.


About andrea grimes

Andrea is a journalist living in Austin, TX. She has a master's degree in anthropology and did her thesis work on gender and stand-up comedy. Seriously. Also, she has a bunch of cats. Three of them. Is three a bunch? Discuss.
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4 Responses to Observer crosspost: still nothing from the Morning News on mayoral mommying

  1. i don’t know how you do it over there. just dealing with a couple of assinine comments makes me see red. doing it on a regular basis must be exhausting.

  2. Phillip says:

    Andrea, I think you are overreacting. And your assumptions that men don’t do housework or care for the kids are not much less sexist than the sexism you describe in your article. You have to remember that there are not nearly as many women in political office as there are men (is that sexist? yes), and this fact makes it all the more likely that people who are seen as the exception rather than the norm will have their lives probed more closely. It’s not sexism so much as it is the way of the media to probe the unfamiliar. Who the heck would care about Ron Natinsky’s personal life? He’s just another upper-middle-aged conservative white male politician just like the rest of them.

    I don’t live in the city of Dallas, but if I did, I would vote for Angela Hunt, hands down. She’s awesome and exactly the type of person Dallas needs (an advocate for neighborhoods and the opposite of the typical pro-big business types like Leppert).

    • Phillip – I’m guessing you must not have read the entire post, because I did not say that men do not do housework. I said it is preposterous to assume that they wouldn’t or couldn’t.

      How about instead of the media probing the “unfamiliar,” they stopped treating women in office as “unfamiliar” and started treating them like the normal folks they are? Women will always be the minority in political office if they’re portrayed as exceptions/unfamiliar in mainstream culture. What girl would aspire to having her personal life taken apart, piece by piece, just to do something as admirable and normative as, well, work?

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