Gender and Politics in the media

UK: Why women fight women, US: House Committee Chairs Will All Be White Men

Why women fight women The Guardian (blog) The idea that placing women in positions of authority over men is somehow against the natural order of things sounds quaint in the 21st century. Yet it still strikes a chord with a surprising number of women – not just in the church but also, shamefully, in politics. On Monday there wasn’t a single woman on the government frontbench to hear George Osborne announce the next governor of the Bank of England.

Debora Georgatos’ New Book Offers Remedy for Gender Gap Voting Syndrome … Texas GOP Vote So how does Debbie Georgatos react to the fact that women gave Barack Obama his victory in the 2012 elections, that they voted 55% to 44% for him, and that the voting gender-gap was the widest it has ever been? “We have much more work do to…

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House Committee Chairs Will All Be White Men In Next Congress Huffington Post House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced who will chair all of the major House committees in the next Congress. And it turns out they all have something in common besides party affiliation: they’re all white men. There isn’t a single woman or minority included in the mix of 19 House committee chairs announced Tuesday — a stark reality for a party desperate to appeal to women and minorities after both groups overwhelmingly rejected Republicans just weeks ago in the presidential election. The one female committee chair that House Republicans currently have, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), is stepping down because her term is up.

Kansans have little in common with national voters (blog) Political science professor Bob Beatty noted some of the striking differences reflected in exit polling, including: Mitt Romney won the male vote in Kansas by a whopping 40 points (69 to 29 percent). Nationally, Romney won men by 7 points…

2 thoughts on “UK: Why women fight women, US: House Committee Chairs Will All Be White Men”

  1. I am still not sure what to make of the “women fighting women” piece. I think it’s the disingenuous, baiting headline that I find objectionable, really. The piece itself actually makes a lot of sense, particularly when it discusses women for whom the patriarchal status quo is actually very advantageous.

  2. I agree that headlines are more about attracting interest than representing a complex argument. And I further agree that making manifest the invisible privilege rich women enjoy needs to be linked with patriarchal infantalism.

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