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Dr. Helen

Huffington Post (hat tip: Terry Brennan):

It is also a matter of negative self-perception and self-doubt among women.
“Women are very likely to believe that when they run for office, they don’t do as well as men. There’s no empirical evidence to support that,” said Lawless. “When women run, they actually perform just as well on Election Day, they’re able to raise just as much money, and generally speaking, their media coverage looks very much the same. But what we found was that women who are well-situated to run for office don’t know that and don’t think that. So they believe they’re not qualified because they think women have to be twice as good to get half as far.”

Those who recruit political candidates often share this misperception, Lawless said, and are thus less likely to consider women for political races.

She understands why many people still assume that existing gender roles undermine women’s political ambitions.

Maybe if other women would stop telling women that they are always going to be discriminated against, they would do better in politics and in life.

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No, we'll just have to have another campaign of knee-capping men and boys, under the guise of 'empowering women/girls'
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Don't have a daughter, only sons, but if I did, she'd have learned the same lesson my sons did -- that is, forget about getting involved in politics. Really don't think that's a sex-specific lesson.
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"Female candidates generally are asked far more questions about family issues than their male counterparts"

Just ask Sarah Palin...
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Are you kidding? There's no money in that!
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So the implication is that women need to have their self-esteem raised? After all, the things that are holding them back are external and, once those impediments are removed, women should excel, right?
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I think that you could substitute "black Americans", for example, for "women" in the final sentence and it would be equally true.
16 weeks ago
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Is it the crabs-in-a-bucket syndrome in both cases?
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"But what we found was that women who are well-situated to run for office don’t know that and don’t think that. So they believe they’re not qualified because they think women have to be twice as good to get half as far."

Decades of indoctrinating boys and shouting at men how disadvantaged women are has certainly had an effect. Tragically for the radical feminists, it turns out the women were listening, too.

The Law of Unintended Consequences will not be denied.
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What if it turns out that women are simply less confident than men? Will we (1) require a massive effort to teach them confidence, or (2) accept that fact and move on?
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No, we'll just have to have another campaign of knee-capping men and boys, under the guise of 'empowering women/girls'
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Quote: "Maybe if other women would stop telling women that they are always going to be discriminated against, they would do better in politics and in life."

Precisely right. Strip away the surface chatter, and victim rhetoric becomes loser rhetoric. "They are harming me," becomes "I can't stop them from harming me."

Interesting too how often radical feminist behavior mirrors that of traditional women. The latter expects her husband to fix the family car so it quits making a strange sound" The former expect men to fix the problem of campus rape. In neither case is the woman in control of her circumstances.

And yes, a lot can be said for a division of labor in marriage. It's less clear why all men should be held responsible for what some men do when foolish women get passing-out drunk.
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