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Online Book Club Chapter Fourteen: Politics: All Women Don’t Think Alike

January 20, 2010 | Annemarie

Chapter Fourteen discusses the “women’s vote” — the idea that women vote in mass. As Lukas
points out, NOW is usually the spokesperson for “women’s” opinions, even though it only
represents a small portion of the left:

Each election season, political pundits discuss the ‘women’s vote’ — the implication being that women vote in mass. The media regularly calls on groups like NOW to represent ‘women’s’ opinions. But NOW doesn’t represent women — it represents a subset of women on the left.

Women are having an increased influence in the political arena. In fact, in 1992 the mainstream
media dubbed it “the year of the woman” due to the election of twenty-four women to the
House of Representatives, five to the Senate and an increased number of women voters:

While 1992 may be the popular cultures’ official ‘year of the woman,’ news stories regularly speculate about the next ‘year of the woman,’ or how women will once again wield such political prowess at the ballot box. There is no ‘year of the man’ — except perhaps 1994, when the mainstream media decided it was ‘angry white males’ who threw the equivalent of an election tantrum by voting in Republican majorities to the House and the Senate.

“Women’s issues” typically include abortion, childcare, education, workplace discrimination, and
healthcare. The liberal media believe that women care more about “women’s issues” than
national security and the war in Iraq:

The feminists assumption is that women care about different issues than men. But polling data collected during the election told a different story: Women’s top priorities were remarkably similar to men’s. Women were most concerned about security issues, the situation in Iraq, and the U.S. economy.

In closing, Lukas comments:

Women don’t vote as a monolithic block in America. They may skew more liberal than American men, but they’re more politically diverse than the mainstream media report… Women need to look beyond the mainstream media to get information about politics and policy since the media often shares the sympathies of the liberal feminist groups and candidates.

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