Hi, it’s James here. With Ros off to the US, i’m stepping up to the mike to host the discussion today.
Following her speech to the Republican convention, lots of you have been talking about Sarah Palin here on the blog, so today we’re going to run with it on air.
Two weeks ago no-one knew her name, now everyone has an opinion. Many Republicans love her because of her views – she’s Christian, creationist, pro-gun, anti-abortion and against gay marriage.
But she’s come in for lots of stick as well – as well as criticism of those views, she’s been accused of being inexperienced, and of being a bad mother to her five children. She’s been called a “cheerleader from the west” and a ”trophy running mate“.
Some people, including Cindy McCain and McCain campaign adviser Carly Fiorina, say that this and other criticism of Sarah Palin is sexist.
Do you think the response to Sarah Palin has been sexist? Is she being judged on her gender or her views? Do you think that her nomination is a good thing for women? What about where you are – are women politicians still treated differently?