Reply to HillBuzz: Perhaps the question should be: Should you vote ‘against’ someone because she is a woman?

Active perverse suppression, more so than promotion, of female candidates seems more relevant to the debate of gender and politics.

Hi there to friends at HillBuzz!  I read your recent article about female office seekers with interest and found myself nodding in agreement with what you put forth. We will have to agree to disagree on Ruth Bader Ginsburg though, lol.

In your article, Question: Should you vote for someone just because she’s a woman?, you make some very good points:

Here’s a very important question to us, and one that we’re sure will spark a great deal of spirited debate today: should you vote for someone just because she’s a woman?

No.

See, as example, Claire McCaskill.

See, also, HRH Princess Caroline of Kennedy. Kathleen Sebelius. Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Barbara Boxer. Mary Landrieu. Blanche Lincoln. Martha Coakley. Jennifer Brunner. There are a lot of women who’ve either done terrible things in their positions, or are just bad for the jobs they seek.

What’s interesting is that we’re always accused around here of liking both Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin because they are women. Yes, they are women, but that’s not why we like them. We like Michelle Bachmann, too, and she’s a woman. Nancy Pelosi’s a woman, but we don’t like her. We like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but can’t stand Sonya Sotomayor, the “wise Latina”. Like Laura Bush, don’t care for Michelle Obama. Don’t like Helen Thomas, would love to be friends with Cokie Roberts. Adore Michelle Malkin, think Katie Couric is a twit. Have grown to appreciate Ann Coulter and we’re huge fans of Liz Cheney, but think Campbell Brown and Joy Behar are fools.

There are good women, and bad women, just as there are good men and there are bad men. Some of the good ones are Democrats, and some are Republicans. There are bad people of the female gender on both sides of the aisle.

This is the point where we break from many of our friends in PUMA-land…

I have blogged on the subject of female candidates and office holders in the past because of a despicable social double standard on the part of many private persons and public figures. I want to see female candidates given a fair and level playing field.

To that end, I respond to your query as to whether to vote for a female candidate on the basis of her status as a female, with this:  I contend the real question is whether to vote against a female candidate on the basis of her status as female.

The attitudes and behaviors I have observed are startling and deeply disturbing with respect to socially permissive sexist abuse and bias heaped on female office holders and candidates running for office.

  • Too many opposing a female candidate often use her gender as a sexist club with which to bash, demean, and defeat her.
  • Women, more so than men, seem to be biased against female candidates on the basis of their status as female.
  • The likelihood of a woman being voted against, on the basis of being a woman candidate for POTUS/VPOTUS, is high. Not so, for male candidates.

No one gets a pass for gender bias and sexism from me, regardless of their political leanings or party or the political leanings or party of a female candidate or office holder.

There is no place in this country for social tolerance of this kind of behavior:

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I am a female voter, as my blog name implies. I vote for conservatives. I am a political opponent of Leftists, Progressives, Socialists, Marxists, and Communists.
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44 Responses to Reply to HillBuzz: Perhaps the question should be: Should you vote ‘against’ someone because she is a woman?

  1. VotingFemale says:

    Good Morning Belle!

    We are supposed to trust unemployment numbers and they lost 500,000 jobs?

    I consider this highly suspicious and cause for great concern in whether we are ever being told the truth.

  2. samiam60 says:

    Very interesting Blog Post this morning VF.

    You give a fresh new perspective to this issue as always.

  3. Foxwood says:

    Belle,

    The numbers that were added caused the unemployment numbers to go down.

    Another Jedi mind trick.

  4. VotingFemale says:

    thank you dear… I really appreciate that.

    samiam60 says

    Very interesting Blog Post this morning VF.

    You give a fresh new perspective to this issue as always.

  5. Foxwood says:

    I would never tell a woman her place is in the kitchen…

    That’s my domain!

  6. samiam60 says:

    An overwhelming majority of American voters agree on at least one thing — the Founding Fathers would be unhappy with the way things are going in Washington these days. So says a whopping 84 percent of voters, including a large majorities of Democrats (77 percent), Republicans (92 percent) and independents (81 percent).

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/02/04/fox-news-poll-say-founding-fathers-disapprove-washington/

  7. VotingFemale says:

    men dominate the ranks of top chefs…

    it’s a fact… the reasons for that could be explored at some point…

    Hubs does not do the dishes and when he chooses to prepare a meal it is with total lack of care as to the total mess he makes… arg…

    Foxwood says

    I would never tell a woman her place is in the kitchen…

    That’s my domain!

  8. VotingFemale says:

    VERY interesting survey results!!!

    I wonder how much of Glenn Beck’s teachings of our founding fathers has affected the outcome of that survey.

    Glenn Beck jumped on Sarah Palin when she was not forth coming as to which FF was her favorite. She eventually answered George Washington. An MSNBC Wanker dumped on Sarah about it on air and then stated her favorite was Lincoln… what a total dumb ass.

    samiam60 says

    An overwhelming majority of American voters agree on at least one thing — the Founding Fathers would be unhappy with the way things are going in Washington these days. So says a whopping 84 percent of voters, including a large majorities of Democrats (77 percent), Republicans (92 percent) and independents (81 percent).

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/02/04/fox-news-poll-say-founding-fathers-disapprove-washington/

  9. samiam60 says:

    Glenn Beck’s Program is far more far reaching than anyone had ever expected. His name is now a house hold word. Not a good one in Lib Households. lol

  10. samiam60 says:

    The Dow Jones dipped below 10,000 this morning.

    To early to tell which way it will go throughout the day.

  11. rosehips says:

    Happy Friday peeps!

    Are we ready to rumble????

    Love your post VF, I have lots to say about this issue, but most of what comes to mind would be considered sarcastic. hahaha You know I’m with you… 😉

    foxy, I have a poster in my kitchen (it’s got a 50’s theme) with a caricature of a domestic looking wife (a hottie at that!) and the caption says “Don’t assume I cook”
    I like how it juxtaposes against my shelf full of cookbooks.
    I have yet to offend anyone and no man has responded by holding back on the household chores. haha they wouldn’t dare. lol

    foxy said: I would never tell a woman her place is in the kitchen…

    That’s my domain!

  12. rosehips says:

    A man’s place is right where I tell him to be. hahaha

  13. samiam60 says:

    Good morning Rose. Sounds like you are full of energy and ready to go this morning.

  14. rosehips says:

    you are so right sami…Come with me!

  15. samiam60 says:

    Dow Jones down 45 points and below 10,000.

    You would think the JOBS report would have given Wall Street a Boost. Hmmmmm?

    Do they know something we don’t?

  16. samiam60 says:

    Rose says
    you are so right sami…Come with me!

    Rose,

    Timing is everything. Where are we going?

  17. ohiobelle says:

    The white death is here!! I can’t stand snow after Christmas.

    The Dow is taking a nose dive… hmmm I wonder why?? It’s only the beginning of what’s to come. People don’t like to be lied to.

  18. ohiobelle says:

    Sam wrote: Do they know something we don’t?

    yes.

  19. samiam60 says:

    Ohio,

    I have got 2 to 4 inches of Globally Warmed snow heading my way.

    Sounds like it has hit your area already.

    Just think of Al Gore and it will melt away.

  20. rosehips says:

    we have the least amount of snow this winter than we’ve had since 1994. It’s a frickin’ tropical paradise here. Well sort of, if you consider Spring breakup and mudseason a paradise.

  21. ohiobelle says:

    Sam wrote: I have got 2 to 4 inches of Globally Warmed snow heading my way.

    Sounds like it has hit your area already.

    Just think of Al Gore and it will melt away.

    HAHAHA! They keep changing the amounts we are supposed to get. It went from 6″ last night to 10″-12″ a half an hour ago. Anything over an 1″ keeps me from going out.

  22. samiam60 says:

    Getting back on topic.

    I am thinking it is high time for America to elect their first Woman President.

    America is ripe for fresh and innovative thinking and I hate to admit this but men just are not.

    Were still walking around with our Clubs and bragging about inventing the wheel.

  23. Foxwood says:

    Glenn’s Radio show is much funnier than his TV show.

  24. rosehips says:

    belle, the jobs numbers sound like a sham. Do they count the underemployed? How many folks in this country are trying to get by on part-time employment and minimum wages?

    p.s. did you take your meds this morning?

  25. ohiobelle says:

    Rose wrote: we have the least amount of snow this winter than we’ve had since 1994. It’s a frickin’ tropical paradise here. Well sort of, if you consider Spring breakup and mudseason a paradise.

    I am so jealous. I may have to pack up the dogs and take a road trip.. lol

    My sister and her husband are leaving for vacation tomorrow. I have to watch their boxer… ughhhh. They are dropping her off tomorrow morning.

  26. samiam60 says:

    The woman’s movement has worked hard to get to the top and it is high time we see a woman President.

    There are a lot of men who would support having a Woman on top.

  27. Foxwood says:

    From:
    http://blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/archives/8804

    India calls the UN on its global warming lies

    India — the world’s largest democracy — has told the UN and its Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (headed by India’s Rajendra Kumar Pachauri) to shove it.

    “The Indian government’s move is a significant snub to both the IPCC and Dr Pachauri as he battles to defend his reputation following the revelation his most recent climate change report included false claims that most of the Himalayan glaciers would melt away by 2035. Scientists believe it could take more than 300 years for the glaciers to disappear,” the London Telegraph reported.

    Oh, that is just the tip of the unmelting iceberg. There are the 42 phantom weather stations in rural China, thousands of MIA weather reporting stations that were removed after they showed, and of course those thousands of e-mails from Climategate which showed, among other things, that these “Nobel laureates” were trying to “trick” people as they plotted to “hide the decline” in global temperatures.

    “In India the false claims have heightened tensions between Dr Pachauri and the government, which had earlier questioned his glacial melting claims. In Autumn, its environment minister Mr Jairam Ramesh said while glacial melting in the Himalayas was a real concern, there was evidence that some were actually advancing in the face of global warming,” the London Telegraph reported.

    So India will do its own study — using something not tried before in climatology: Real science.

    Ramesh: “There is a fine line between climate science and climate evangelism. I am for climate science. I think people misused [the] IPCC report, [the] IPCC doesn’t do the original research which is one of the weaknesses … they just take published literature and then they derive assessments, so we had goof-ups on Amazon forest, glaciers, snow peaks.

    “I respect the IPCC but India is a very large country and cannot depend only on [the] IPCC and so we have launched the Indian Network on Comprehensive Climate Change Assessment.”

    Climate evangelism. I love it.

    Go, India, go. The United States is too chicken to stand up to political correctness and the UN bureaucracy.

  28. VotingFemale says:

    Good Morning RoseHips! Belle!

  29. ohiobelle says:

    Rose wrote: belle, the jobs numbers sound like a sham. Do they count the underemployed? How many folks in this country are trying to get by on part-time employment and minimum wages?

    p.s. did you take your meds this morning?

    Rose, Their numbers are bogus!! Obama and Co have lied to us once again and Wall Street is going to kick their ass for it.

    Yes I took my meds. I thought I was going to stroke out when I saw the BIG LIE!!

  30. ohiobelle says:

    Good morning vf!

  31. Foxwood says:

    “The woman’s movement has worked hard to get to the top and it is high time we see a woman President.”

    I like watching the women’s movement… 🙂

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