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News Flash: Women Not Stupid! August 31, 2008

Filed under: bias,gender,politics,sex — Jender @ 10:45 am
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McCain put a woman on the ticket! That’ll get all the women voting for him, right? Because that’s what we do– mindlessly support other women with no attention to boy-stuff like actual positions on issues. But oh no! Maybe it’s not working out that way after all! Women say Palin choice makes them less likely to support McCain. How mysterious: they actually care about like, equal pay and control over their own bodies. And maybe even the Iraq war. Or the economy. Or the environment. Nah, can’t be that– we must just not yet have realised she’s a woman.

 

11 Responses to “News Flash: Women Not Stupid!”

  1. ck Says:

    You have seen this, haven’t you?

  2. jj Says:

    ck: you’ll see the clip quickly went up in a separate post. It’s just on the topic.

  3. ck Says:

    Cool–I thought maybe you were obliquely referring to this segment in your post, but I wasn’t sure, so I popped in the link.

    I think the satire is excellent, and does a good job highlighting the differences between H Clinton and Palin’s positions. (And I want a “Proud Vagina American” bumper sticker…)

  4. virginiaharris Says:

    The ‘Women’s Vote’ is a myth!

    Senator Clinton and Governor Pain are proof that women can and do diverge on important issues.

    Even on the question of whether women should vote!

    Most people are totally in the dark about HOW the suffragettes won votes for women, and what life was REALLY like for women before they did.

    Suffragettes were opposed by many women who were what was known as ‘anti.’

    The most influential ‘anti’ lived in the White House. First Lady Edith Wilson was a wealthy Washington widow who married President Wilson in 1915.

    Her role in Wilson’s decision to jail and torture Alice Paul and hundreds of other Suffragettes will never be fully known, but she was outraged that these women picketed her husband’s White House.

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    There are tons of heartache on the rocky road to the ballot box, but in the end, women WIN!

    Thanks to the success of the suffragettes, women can now support the candidates they choose, left, right, in-between or GREEN!

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  5. Rachel Says:

    Maybe there is hope after all!

    Thanks for the clip link, ck. That summarizes the “logic” of selecting Palin well.

  6. rovirosa Says:

    id love replies, maybe im mistaken: but i really believe, and have proof based on spanish politics (cuban american living in spain, political science post grad, for what its worth…!) that what

    unite us is far more what divide us

    therefore, if we want to break the glass ceiling……vote for any sensible woman.

    conservative or socialist, they will take care of that glass ceiling

    I HEREBY PROPOSE THAT THAT HAS BEEN OUR DRAWBACK IN HISTORY…..WHICH OTHER ETHNIC AND GENDERS DONT FALL INTO….MAYBE BECAUSE WE WERE TAUGHT TO BE SELFLESS?????

    here in spain it works…..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! there is a special kind of complicity among women, even if they criticize othersĀ“ programs.

    would appreciate comments re others countries….its just an idea, im ready to revise it, of course!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Noumena Says:

    While perhaps it is a successful strategy in Spain (I certainly know less about Spanish politics than you do about US), it would definitely not be effective here in the US. As far as the evidence goes, I don’t think even President Palin would do anything to help US women. VP would be better — but only because the VP has no formal power whatsoever.

  8. jj Says:

    rovirosa, thanks so much for coming to the blog – and all the way from Spain! :) We are aware that there are some differences between Spain and the US as far as women and politics go; thus, http://feministphilosophers.wordpress.com/2008/04/17/interesting-developments-in-europe-i/
    I’m inclined to side with Noumena on this question, and I wonder whether there is such a large divide in Spain. Perhaps you all agree, for example, that govt has at least some responsibilities in providing, e.g., health care for everyone?? I couldn’t characterize the US as having such an agreement.

  9. ladenedge Says:

    Political issues like health care and poverty lines have little causal impact on how we perceive one another. I don’t think that’s true in reverse, however, which is why this “identity politics” thing doesn’t bother me in the least.

    Sure, it would be sad if health care, abortion, privacy and international relations went (further) down the toilet.. but we’ve had party shifts before and of course we will in the future (even if not this year). What we’ve *never* had, though, is a non-rich white male president. Can we even measure the positive impact such a thing could have on our respect for one another?

    (Of course Palin isn’t set to be president, so the above might not apply to the McCain ticket.)

  10. wat? Says:

    Hey… You guys know that It has been proven by scientists that woman have smaller brains (accounted to body mass) and lower IQ’s. Just sayin’

  11. jj Says:

    Sorry, wat?, but the lower IQ part hasn’t been proved, and is in the process of being disproved.

    Brain size? Proportionately smaller is true, but women’s brains have denser cortical folds, which is the crucial thing. This is in fact old news; from the BBC, 13-11-01:

    Women’s brains are more tightly packed with cells in the area that controls mental processes such as judgement, personality, planning and working memory, researchers have discovered.
    A team from McMaster University, Ontario, Canada, found that women have up to 15% more brain cell density in certain areas of the frontal lobe, which controls so-called higher mental processes.


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