Tag: Gender

The Closing Gender Gap

Ross Douthat has a great article up on the gender gap. After discussing Obama’s bizarre and paternalistic appeals to women (the Life of Julia bullshit, the first time video I posted below) and his attempt to make abortion the key issue of the election (e.g., the “War on Women”), Douthat notes:

The gap between men and women on issues like abortion is overstated, and the female preference for Democrats predates Roe v. Wade. In a recent blog post, Christina Wolbrecht of the University of Notre Dame calls the gender gap “a recurrent, if not consistent, feature of presidential elections throughout the postwar era,” which probably dates to Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign.

Not coincidentally, that was a year when Republican economic rhetoric took on a particularly individualistic cast. If there’s a deep driver of the gender gap, it’s usually views about spending and the role of government. Men are more likely to be libertarian, women are more likely to be communitarian, and this creates what Wolbrecht calls a natural “divergence in preferences for social welfare policies.”

This helps explain why, among recent elections, the gender gap yawned widest in 1996 — not an election with many culture-war flash points, but a year when Bill Clinton relentlessly tied Bob Dole to the Congressional Republicans’ attempted cuts to domestic spending and entitlements.

It also helps explain why Romney made ground with women after his performance in the first presidential debate — when he mostly pivoted toward the center on economic issues, and emphasized solidarity and community rather than “you built that!” individualism.

I think this analysis is dead on. I know few people — pro-life or pro-choice — for whom abortion is the make-or-break issue. And those few are party line loyalists anyway (there was a huge amount of dissension within NOW, for example, when the New Jersey chapter endorsed pro-choice Republican Christine Whitmann for governor). Douthat’s specifics are a little off: the history of the Gender Gap is pretty consistent apart from 1992, which is affected by the Perot factor.

But the underlying cause — a difference of opinion on the size of government — is probably accurate. It can be seen in the direction our politics has moved since the 19th Amendment was passed. Indeed, one of the arguments of the suffragettes was that certain views were not being represented in politics. But the key words in that are that women are “more likely to be communitarian”. We’re talking probability, not destiny. We’re talking about a difference, not a yawning chasm. A majority of women voted for Reagan. Twice. Women are not socialists; nor are they infants. They Democrats have done a very good job, for the last twenty years, of playing the “elect Republicans and you’re going to be poor” card, not just to women, but to everyone. I have to think, at some point, the endless condescension and paternalism of the Democratic Party is going to catch up with them and the gender gap will shrink.

Nancy Boys On Parade

Blurring the lines of distinction within gender identity and in the process feminizing our culture, this is the goal of a group of mothers who have banded together to kill off an semblances of masculinity left in today’s kids. Who are these femin-nazis, these benders of traditions and norms, these counter culture progressives who want total control on what is now considered normal, they are the Matriarchal Mothers:

OBSERVATION: A reason why matriarchal mothers enroll their sons in dance class: Shopping

Boys whose lives are enriched with dance will be exposed to new experiences and different values unimagined by their fathers and grandfathers. A special bonding experience between mother and son is shopping for feminine clothing for dancing such as shoes, tights, leotards and pretty costumes. She can teach him the importance of accessories.

It is an opportunity for her to gauge his interest in becoming more as her and encourage his femininity. She can help him appreciate fashion and beauty which could led to a lifetime of fun shopping experiences together. Mothers, sons and daughters can all shop together. The idea is to have fun and not be bounded by gender expectations of the past.

Break out of those societal constraints on gender roles, we want free thinkers here, limited only by the imagination of what purse goes with what shoes.

I’m not going to post the video, you can see it for yourself, quite a spectacle. And this isn’t even a gay thing, gays dance much better than that:

This guy can bring it.

How many thinks this is child abuse deserving of some CPS intervention?

I posted stuff here about bullying in school, and how destructive it can be (like this is some new phenomena never ever occurring in the last 4 thousand years of recorded history) but unless you attend Pee Wee Herman’s school of cosmetics who’s classes are populated by Perez Hilton types, if this tape every gets out to the schools of any of these dancers, they might as well run off and join the circus for all the {wrong} attention and they will now get.

Talk about confusing, these boys look about middle school age, pretty much the time of adolescence where hormones take the wheel. Sashaying around and blowing kisses is not conduct to be emulated on the play ground.

Notice all the those giddy mom’s in the audience and their shrieking, I didn’t hear any manly ,”That’s my boy, look at how he shakes his butt, just like his dad”.

2 years ago we read about this Swedish couple:

A couple of Swedish parents have stirred up debate in the country by refusing to reveal whether their two-and-a-half-year-old child is a boy or a girl.
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the parents were quoted saying their decision was rooted in the feminist philosophy that gender is a social construction.

“We want Pop to grow up more freely and avoid being forced into a specific gender mould from the outset,” Pop’s mother said. “It’s cruel to bring a child into the world with a blue or pink stamp on their forehead.”

The child’s parents said so long as they keep Pop’s gender a secret, he or she will be able to avoid preconceived notions of how people should be treated if male or female.

I admit that I am old fashioned in some respects but I don’t think feminizing males, turning them into effeminate boys both in dress and mannerisms is a good idea.

Is this much ado about nothing and I’m over reacting, or are these boys the product of bad parenting and genuinely screwed in their ability to socialize with those of their own sex?