Gender Politics: Women and the Midterm Elections

Monday, October 04, 2010

Betsy Reed, executive editor of The Nation and co-editor of Going Rouge: Sarah Palin – An American Nightmare, and Rebecca Traister, senior writer for Salon and author of the new book Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women, talk about women and the midterm elections.


Betsy Reed and Rebecca Traister

Comments [23]

fred from usa

men are more comfortable with women on the right because they are less infected with the man hatred that has been prevalent on the left in the last few decades. You can see how this works with how fast the left has jumped on any fake statistic about how bad men are, whether its 1 in 4 college women are sexually assaulted, to 1 in 3 are molested, to the so called epidemic of eating disorder deaths that the left screamed about as fault of men and media, to the super bowl domestic violence uptick that turned out to be false, any cheap baseless stat that is against men has been adopted uncritically by the left for decades now, because it fit with the underlying narrative of many women who are vocal on the left who grew up indoctrinated in feminist studies and dogma that denied human nature and saw sexism everywhere whether it was there or not...and like all extreme groups, thought that the ends justified the means. Might sound like a rant but it is how i see it, the left has been tarnished by the old femiinists whos views were rather extreme. it might have softened some more recently, but the tarnish is still there, and the womens studies grads are still churned out on the same diet of fraudulent social theory and dogma.

Oct. 05 2010 01:57 AM
Joe Pearce from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Two women to discuss the Tea Party and Women, one an employee of The Nation and the other an occasional writer for - The Nation. What diversity of opinion! How does Brian manage to corral such a cross-section of the media? I positively seethe with admiration!

Oct. 04 2010 11:41 AM

Oh, boy. This "Washington as usual" caller is really depressing. I thought we got over confusing a candidate who isn't exactly what you want with the belief that both parties are the same. We could rerun the Bush years with a replacement president, one who was just merely bad, and we'd see just how awful Bush was.

There are errors of omission, and then there are mistakes of commission. There are always new mistakes to make, above and beyond the status quo sh*tiness.

Oct. 04 2010 10:59 AM
Anne from NYC

In response to the comment and discussion about Palin as a strong, feminist woman: There is a reason that Palin appleals more to men than to women that has not been articulated clearly. She is seductive, while she presents herself as the traditional woman who downplays her accomplishments to be less of a threat--e.g. she didn't run for VP as a sitting governor but as a "hockey mom" and the "mayor of Wasilla." The "mama grizzly" image is also one of the traditional woman who, even with a career, is primarily a homemaker and mother. This approach appeals to men and to conservative "soccer mom" women, but not to the more feminist women who tend to vote Democratic.

Oct. 04 2010 10:55 AM
Dan from Brooklyn

The Democrats are trying to convince women that they are still the party for them despite choosing a less experienced, younger and more attractive (male) candidate in 2008. Maybe women in 2010, who chose wisely in 2008, are sitting this mid term elections out as an "I told you so" protest non-vote.

Oct. 04 2010 10:51 AM
mc from Brooklyn

MikeinBrooklyn: You speak my mind. As the great Shirley Chisholm once said: "I have never seen a country so hung up on sex as the good ol' USA."
Liberals have just as much trouble as conservatives looking past cleavage.

Oct. 04 2010 10:50 AM
CL from New York

If this sort of hectoring is any indication of what the BL show is going to be featuring from now till the election, count me out. The message is being drowned out by the messenger. Ugh.

Oct. 04 2010 10:50 AM
gary from queens

Barbara Boxer is dumber than a door knob. indeed, door knobs might take offense by my comparison.

Yet why doesnt the media focus on her the way they focus on Palin or Macdonald?

Because the republican gals are hot, and the media follows hot. i guess being attractive finally has a downside----only if you're a republican.

Oct. 04 2010 10:50 AM
Sally from ES

Your guest is correct but can she stop yelling? It's really hard to listen to her.

Oct. 04 2010 10:47 AM

Fox News puts on blond short-skirted automatons, not feminists.

Oct. 04 2010 10:47 AM

Can we also discuss sexuality in politics, in addition to gender? We have women like Christine O'Donnell who are ostensibly anti sex, but are in effect hot women who constantly bring up sex. Not just sex in the abstract, but particular acts. They liberal politicians, who are generically more open minded about sex, (or sinful, according to the right), never discuss it.

Oct. 04 2010 10:47 AM

The fact that the majority of politicians in the Democratic Party are men, might have a lot to do with the lack of a message regarding how the party benefits women.

Oct. 04 2010 10:45 AM
K W from Manhattan

Brian chose two guests from the left to discuss what woman who are leaning right in this election think? What a shock.

Oct. 04 2010 10:45 AM
Karen from Brooklyn, NY

So this caller is saying she likes the dumbed-down version of politics that the tea party offers. As I suspected. I prefer coffee. And, Chriss, I think you mean "they're".

Oct. 04 2010 10:43 AM
Jennifer from Flushing, NY

I'm not talking about just women's right to choose. How many Republicans or tea-partiers supported the equal pay law? Anyone who admires Sara Palin may not be stupid but extremely misguided by the propoganda machine of FOX news that has propped her up.

Oct. 04 2010 10:42 AM
Karen from Brooklyn, NY

So this caller is saying she likes the dumbed-down version of politics that the tea party offers. As I suspected. I prefer coffee. And, Chriss, I think you mean "they're".

Oct. 04 2010 10:42 AM

For the Tea Party Feminist, if she didn't hear an adult conversation on health care, she wasn't listening to the adults. She is blaming the rhetoric of "death panels" on the left.

Also, feminists aren't making you do or think anyone. The people who tell you feminists are making you think or do something are the Rush Limbaughs of the world.

Oct. 04 2010 10:41 AM
Steve from Brooklyn

Sarah Palin uses her femininity and particularly her looks in a unique and very successful way. As a feminist what do you think about her portrayal both attractive and strong? Men like Bill Clinton used a masculine kind of charm, but liberal women may be less successful doing so.

Oct. 04 2010 10:40 AM

The first caller would rather vote for someone "stupid but honest."

We are so done as a country.

Oct. 04 2010 10:39 AM
Mc from Brooklyn

The Democratic party is reaping what they sowed.

Oct. 04 2010 10:38 AM
Chriss from Montclair

Republican women are dumb, "basically" as your guest says?

So while Ms. Reed disagrees with Palin, calling her "An American Nightmare" only shows her bias.

And with that bias, she cannot be taken seriously.

To that, your guests hatred of Palin is hilarious in light of the thousands of women who admire her. Oh, but, that's right-- their just dumb women!

Oct. 04 2010 10:37 AM
Jennifer Hickey from Flushing, NY

These women are the antithesis of what it means to be a feminist. They are advocating for policies that hurt women. Unfortunately, ego is not limited to the male species. These women have found an avenue to advance THEMSELVES. They do not care about the fact that they have only got to where they are because of the sacrafices and hard-fought gains of advocates of women's rights before them.

Oct. 04 2010 10:37 AM

uggghh if i never hear another conversation of mama grizzlies, it will be too soon.

Oct. 04 2010 10:35 AM

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