I want to talk to you tonight about that one great thing that unites us, that one thing that brings us our greatest joy when times are good, and the deepest solace in our dark hours. Tonight I want to talk to you about love.
Ann Romney’s speech Tuesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL spoke about the admirable qualities of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, her husband, and how he can better the country as President of the United States.
Call me cold hearted, but as a woman, I find her speech somewhat insulting.
Yes, her speech was heartfelt and sincere. The issue I have with her speech is not the tenderness, but rather the fact that she intentionally attempts to appeal to women by taking on society’s stereotypical role of a woman: sensitive and emotional.
Not that there is anything wrong with being sensitive. However, women have fought far too long and hard to banish the stereotype of being overly emotional to play it up, especially in politics.
Women in politics and other high-powered women seem to feel the pressure to remain emotionless in their work in fear of the never ending badgering they will face from their male–and sometimes even female–counterparts. Hillary Clinton received a severe backlash back in 2008 while campaigning in New Hampshire for tearing up while discussing the countries future. Her tearful display of passion for her country raised many questions about her competency as a strong political leader.
Ann Romney’s whole speech seems like a huge campaign set-up to make Romney more appealing to women voters, which I’m sure was the purpose. Romney’s often cold exterior portrays him as uncaring. Ann Romney’s speech introduced a different side of the Republican presidential candidate that the public never sees.
I do commend Romney for his strength and support of his wife throughout her battle with breast cancer and diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Maybe Mrs. Romney’s speech is getting to me.
The campaign tactic may prove effective. Ann Romney’s speech is already receiving quite a bit of publicity from the press covering the RNC. In the end, only the polls will show.