Women are not a voting bloc …

… not even liberal women. When you think about it, it is truly surprising that even in feminist America, after decades of suffrage, there is no immediate likelihood of a woman president.

As I have said before, women’s suffrage is a “dog that didn’t bark in the night.” In other words, and I think this is especially the case in Australia, women’s suffrage has delivered very little in the way of noteworthy women political leaders.

This following story (on Pantsuit Nation) underlines the message. Women’s interest in politics is generally desultory and self-limited.

Op-Ed

Pantsuit Nation had the potential to mobilize millions. Instead, it’s just a feel-good commodity

 

 

 

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Unmarried single young women very much ARE a voting block, at least in the US or perhaps you’ve missed the post-election returns for Hillary. She got young women, ALL women(all races added together) non-white women, and white, ‘educated’ women. Had she made economics more central to her arguments (rather than sexism/racism since she had the feminist vote in the bag) or been more overtly friendly to married women it might have pushed her over the top with all races and educational classes of women. http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/clinton-couldnt-win-over-white-women/

    I can’t speak for your country, but in mine female bloc voting as well as gynocentric institutions and laws are ubitiqous and everywhere. An example: My local paper, the Baltimore Sun can be counted on to do at least one “women’s issue” investigation per year. .Usually sexual assault or something like that. The reporters will be largely (and often entirely) women. The coverage will be non-critical. The paper will feature it prominently and follow up and’milk it’ for days or weeks.

    I can’t remember the last time the Sun did a single article (let alone an investigation) on a “men’s issue”. There might have been some child support reporting (that wasn’t strictly about how those deadbeats all need to pay) ten or fifteen years ago, but I can’t even swear to that. The Black Lives Matter reporting tends to be fawning and, to the extent it saves the lives of black thugs, I guess it could be considered to benefit at least some men. But that’s all about race and ginned up faux racism, not sex.
    I know there have been some mention of “men’s issues” in the opinion pages (though vanishingly few from my reading), but I still don’t recall even a single time seeing the word “MRA” or “Black Pill” and “Alt-Right” , while used, is strictly about the KKK bogeyman Trump supporter.

    In short, my local rag lives in its own little universe and has its lips so puckered up to female ass it isn’t funny. Sorry, for the crudeness, but to think of how many DECADES this sort of crap has been going on -well, its frustrating. It’s 2016, but the Baltimore Sun has no explanation of Trump because to them its always 1918 and blacks are being lynched by the KKK and the sweet little ladies are forever organizing for their rights to vote. I hope things truly are better in your country – but I’ve heard some crazy crap from your former PM, and apparently (you might know, I don’t ) Australia is downright infected with the feminist virus.

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    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on December 31, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      If you are talking about ex-Prime Minister Julia Gillard, yes, she ran an overtly feminist federal government for a while. But arguably it destroyed her because shortly after she played the feminist card she lost her position.

      Australia doesn’t have the large non-white voting blocs that America does and I get the impression that feminism is more integral to American society and able to make (rather bogus) common cause witb such non-white groups.

      In terms of the original point, it still temains the case that white women overall slightly preferred Trump. And as the article demonstrates women are not interested in making continuing common cause.

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      • Posted by Julian O'Dea on December 31, 2016 at 5:26 pm

        Some newspapers, such as the Sydney Morning Herald, publish a lot of feminist material but the larger circulation papers run a mixture of articles and we are blessed with some strongly anti-feminist female journalists.

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