What are women voters thinking about for the 2012 election — when they’re not being bombarded by stories about Herman Cain’s lady troubles or Rick Perry’s very own Howard Dean moment? It shouldn’t come as a surprise that they’re focused on other more important things. So BlogHer asked me to talk to some impressive women from around the web in a new series they are featuring called “Why I’m Political” to find out what’s on their minds and what prompted them to stick their toes into the sometimes murky waters of writing political essays.
As some of you may know (I hope you know), I recently wrote a book called Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America, which explores the rise of women’s voices online and features essays from over 50 great writers. I’m going to interview some of those terrific contributors again to get their thoughts on what prompted them to take the leap into those sometimes-dangerous waters, and how they’re viewing the 2012 election season.
My first featured contributor is a wonderful writer you may know — Shannon Lowe from Rocks in My Dryer. While she doesn’t do as much blogging now as she used to, Shannon wrote two amazing posts that were included in Mothers of Intention — “Why I’m Pro-Life” and “The Southern Girl’s Guide to Proper Political Discourse: What Your Momma Should’ve Told You.” Shannon’s essay about how her thinking evolved on the issue of abortion is a powerful one, so I wanted to talk with her more about how she came to write it and what she’s thinking about now as we head into the 2012 campaign season:
1. What motivated you to become political and/or go public with your political views? Were you afraid of what your readers would think? In hindsight, would you write these posts again?
I was never a political blogger — I only wrote about politics publicly a handful of times. So yes, it was a bit of a personal leap for me jump straight into the hot topic of abortion. I don’t regret doing it, though. I find it frustrating that there is so much “shouting” over this issue (on both sides). I wanted to speak my piece in a way that was reasoned and calm, and I think I accomplished that. At the time, I received some very kind feedback both from those who agreed and disagreed with me, thanking me for sharing my experience. For all the rancor that can appear in this debate at the public/political level, I think there’s actually room for courteous, respectful dialogue at the more personal level — at least, that’s been my own experience.
2. What are the issues you most focused on now going into the 2012 campaign season? What energizes you? Drives you crazy? What issue do you think is important that the candidates aren’t talking about?
Thankfully, I think most of the candidates are talking about the right issues — like most Americans, I’m focused on economic issues in this election. I’m glad to see candidates tackling the hard questions such as how to offer incentives and freedom to small business owners and other entrepreneurs so that job creators can get back to creating jobs.
3. How do you connect your political views or activism with your role as a mother?
I want my kids to grow up to be adults who are responsible, self-disciplined, and innovative. And honestly, I hope they inherit a government that is also responsible, self-disciplined, and innovative!
Please read the rest of the interview with Shannon over at BlogHer!