While Palin said she had "respect" for her fellow Republican's emotional side, she suggested he gets a "pass" because he's a man.That is so, so true. Women in general, not just politicians, are not allowed to cry in public at all lest they be deemed hysterical, psychotic, hormonal, crazy, emotional and not a serious adult. But men crying in public is endearing and it doesn't take away their credibility in the least. It is a double standard and I'm glad Palin addressed this.
"I don't know if a woman would be given a pass necessarily. That's one of those things where a double standard is applied. I'm sure if I got up there and did a speech, and I started breaking down and cried about how important it is to me that our children and grandchildren are provided great opportunities, I'm sure I would be knocked a little bit for that."
But Palin said it was OK, since double standards only encourage women in politics "work that much harder" and "be that much tougher."
By the way, I left the quote I pulled from the Yahoo article as-is. I don't know why the author put scare quotes around the words "respect" and "pass." Just another example of bad/pathetic journalism. There's no need for scare quotes because Palin does have respect for Boehner and men do get a pass for crying. I can't believe these idiots get paid to write.