Monday, February 23, 2009

Where The Famous Wimmin Are

According to a recent U.S. News And World Report poll powerful women should be running daycare centers. That's because you can't quite say that they should be caring for their own children, I guess, especially given that some the ones to be included are past the child-bearing years.

In any case, the above picture of bobble dolls, intended to portray four famous women, is attached to the poll which then asks:

If you had a choice of four daycare centers run separately by Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Pelosi, which would you choose for your kids?

Yesterday Sarah Palin was winning ever so slightly over Michelle Obama. Both Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi fared very poorly in this wonderful poll.

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and scream because I've had a dream about the insides of the heads of the editors who put up stuff like this. Well, I don't, actually. Those heads must be fairly empty. But it was fun to imagine doing that.

More fun than analyzing this particular poll. Not sure why daycare centers was picked as the chosen industry here, unless it has something to do with all those uteri. What else could powerful women be good for? Neither am I sure why Michelle Obama was lumped together with three working politicians, given that she is not one herself. Perhaps the idea is that women are judged only on womanly things such as their ability to raise children? It doesn't matter if they are expert in some other fields, too. Or instead of that field.

Now do a reversal of that poll. Let's make the industry landscaping and let's ask which of four famous guys (three politicians and then someone else) you would want to mow your lawns regularly. It's not a perfect reversal, because lawns are not as important as children, but it captures the idiocy of this poll rather nicely.