Pronatalism in Politics
The carefully orchestrated campaign material came in the form of a gut punching drizzle.
First, a leaflet listing the candidate’s attributes – mom, community leader and South Shore native. Yes, in that order. Then a greeting card layout splattered with pictures of her children that introduced them to us – ready or not! Followed by a brochure featuring her and her children who were holding up a handmade “Mama for Congress” sign (which they clearly did not fashion themselves). Of the five pictures inside, two featured her children, one of which was her campaigning with one of them. Some people may view this as going above and beyond, as an obstacle to overcome. I view it as an opportunity I and so many like me will never have.
Two slightly more informative brochures followed. One donned with her lifting her son out of a car seat on the cover. With the last, a dash of hope things were heading to the realm of more substantive and relevant. Until I flipped it over to be greeted by her speaking in front of a group while cradling her son on her hip.
I wanted to support her, I wanted to help remove the incumbent in my congressional district, but through all the parenthood drool how was I supposed to determine if she’s a good candidate? Read more