Gender and Politics in the media

US – Modesty Matters to church women: “go home and put some clothes on!” ‘Mom-in-chief’ provokes debate on feminism and gender roles

Why Democrats Need a Woman on the National Ticket New Republic (blog) Looking back on last week’s convention, Democrats have every right to congratulate themselves on a job well done. The party clearly communicated a consistent set of themes while also showcasing its rich diversity. And chief among the messages was that the Democratic party is better for women, with a cast of women to make the case, including Michelle Obama. Clearly, if the President wins, his support among women will be a decisive factor. But that’s just another reason why the Democratic Party should resolve not to hold another convention without a woman on the ticket as either President or Vice President.

Group At Conservative Conference Urge Women To ‘Go Home And Put Some Clothes On’. ThinkProgress In flyers and brochures on display at Values Voters, the social conservative conference where Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan spoke, an organization called Modesty Matters criticized women for dressing “immodestly” at church, and blamed women for causing men to stare lustfully at them. Women must “embrace MODESTY in dress and behavior,” one of the handouts read. Women dressed immodestly in church are “an insult to a holy God,” another said.

‘Mom-in-chief’ provokes debate on feminism and gender roles …So it came as a surprise that Michelle Obama’s impassioned “I love my husband even more than I did four years ago” endorsement would trigger critical blowback from many of the very women who championed her. The reason? The first lady had muted her elite credentials to enter—some say win—a “mom-off” with Ann Romney, whose encomium to “moms who always have to work a little harder, to make everything right,” was blasted by Democrats for being out of touch with the fact that American men now do approximately 40 per cent of the housework and child-rearing duties.

11 Reasons Why Women Will Vote for Mitt Romney: An Open Letter to … PolicyMic …Contrary to your views, I believe that women have a host of reasons for voting for Mitt Romney and I would like to share them with you. While we are of opposing parties, and you have more notable achievements, we share a gender, and I am sure you join me in caring about the future of our country.

The gender divide: Obama up 12 with women, Romney up 8 with men Sarasota Herald-Tribune Mr. Obama has an advantage among likely voters of 12 percentage points among women, the poll found, while Mr. Romney holds the upper hand among men by eight percentage points.

Obama ahead, big gender gap: CBS/NYT poll Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog) The latest SurvyeUSA poll for KING-5 news found a 17 point gender gap in the race for Washington Governor, with women responsible for putting Democrat Jay Inslee in the lead by 5 points.

Romney to Women: Stop Worrying About Your Bodies and Just Trust Me! Huffington Post In an interview with an Iowa radio station this week, Ann Romney declined to answer any questions about reproductive rights and gay rights, saying those issues “distract” from “the real voting issue” — which she and her husband’s campaign has decided ..

Who Women Want New America Foundation It’s not unusual for presidential candidates to pay particular attention to courting female voters, seeing as 10 million more women than men voted in 2008 — but both the Romney and Obama campaigns seem to be making even more of an effort this year.

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