September 19 2012
I wrote earlier this week that the Obama campaign is using the “War on Women” mantra to shore up single women – a key constituency for the president.
This is his base, and this is the basis for Sandra Fluke and “The Life of Julia,” the president’s message for how his set of cradle-to-grave government policies will support women throughout their lives.
The message behind all of this ought to make single women cringe. Today, women are outperforming men educationally (women today received 57% or Bachelor’s degrees, 59% of Master’s, and more than 50% of PhDs), women make up nearly half the workforce (47%), and in many cities young women are out-earning their male counterparts.
In addition to the idea that women are a victim class in constant need of special government protection, the Democrats add insult upon insult with the notion that women are also indecisive. Throughout history we have witnessed a pejorative view of women as unable to make up their mind. Consider Virgil in The Aeneid: “Woman is ever fickle and changeable.” Or Shakespeare in Hamlet: “Frailty, thy name is woman!” Or famed Oscar Wilde, “Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”
Now women are inconstant damsels in distress in need of a knight on a white horse (read: government). It’s been awhile since I’ve taken a literature class, but I’m pretty sure this is one of those “sexist” ideas our 1960s feminist forbearers were a little upset about. Only now the paternalistic figure is government rather than a prince!
Adam has already talked about the fact that a recent experiment revealed that men – rather than women! – may be the real “swing vote” this year. In a recent PocketTrial, he found “male viewers were more easily susceptible to persuasion than female ones, shifting their opinion in response to both ads while women remained relatively stable.”
Still the message from the Obama campaign and the punditry is that women are more persuadable – “thoughtful” perhaps. What do you think? Ultimately are persuadable and fickle really just two sides of the same coin?