There are few things sadder than girls being mean to girls. Boys seem to be able to slough off slights and events, pick up the ball and play again. Girls tend to hold grudges longer, become more self-conscious and end up creating divisions between each other.
This developmental phase is expected to occur at times in elementary school. During middle school and high school, the expectation is that girls will begin to become more self assured, more supportive and less judgmental. But unfortunately, not all girls grow up.
Emily's List, a national political action committee "dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to office," according to the group's Website, launched a campaign this week against Sarah Palin titled, "Sarah doesn't speak for me." It's a response to Palin's SarahPAC "Mama Grizzly" video in which she talks about the emergence of "common-sense conservative women."
SarahPAC, also a political action committee, is "dedicated to building America's future, supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation," according to its Website. The SarahPAC video combines footage of Palin speaking, shaking hands and greeting people as she talks about the 2010 elections.
"This year will be remembered as the year when common-sense conservative women get things done for our country," says Palin. "These policies coming out of D.C. right now, this fundamental transformation of America, well, a lot of women who are very concerned about their kids' future say, 'We don't like this fundamental transformation, and we're going to do something about it.'"
Palin continues, noting that the emergence of politically active women is due to their disappointment with Washington. "This isn't right for our kids, and for our grandkids, and we're going to do something about this," she says. "We going to turn this thing around, we're going to get our country back on the right track, no matter what it takes, to respect the will of the people."
Palin's focus is on the will of the people. Her visuals are positive and uplifting.
The Emily's List video lasts slightly more than a minute and features five women. Each is dressed in a brown, furry grizzly costume, a fake bear nose strapped across her face. The noses and the accompanying dark makeup make it hard to visualize the women behind the costumes.
The video beings with each woman introducing herself by occupation:
"I'm a therapist."
"I'm an elementary school teacher."
"I'm a nurse."
"I'm an administrative assistant."
"I'm an entertainment lawyer, but I'm also a mama grizzly."