Skip to comments.Real Women Vote Democrat, or Do They?
Posted on 04/04/2014 6:21:20 AM PDT by Kaslin
"The conservative minds of the Heritage Foundation have found a way for Republicans to shrink the gender gap: They need to persuade more women to get their MRS degrees." So wrote the Washington Post's Dana Milbank about a panel that featured Mollie Hemingway, Karin Agness and yours truly.
It was so nice of Milbank to attend -- a shame that his mind was so clenched shut that he could hear only what his prejudices led him to expect, rather than what we actually said. Hate to interrupt a good sneer, but the panel wasn't about the gender gap; it was about feminism.
Milbank focused narrowly on the political implications of our talk and couldn't resist descending to the most tired leftist cliche, namely that "the consensus was that we ought to go back in history." The left cannot shake is starry-eyed confidence that history has a vector -- that forward is always toward the sunny uplands of equality, prosperity and happiness -- and backward is always a descent. Tell that to Germans in 1933 or Cambodians in 1975. Ask a newly captured slave onboard a ship in the middle passage if he wanted to "go back in history."
Speaking for myself and not my fellow panelists, I do believe that feminism took a number of wrong turns since the 1970s -- rejecting marriage, embracing the sexual revolution, cheerleading for abortion without any restrictions, vehemently denying that young children pay a price when they are placed in institutional care, recycling bogus statistics like the 77-cents myth, spurning the accomplishments of conservative heroines like Margaret Thatcher and Condoleezza Rice, demonizing men as oppressors. It's a long list.
But most of my talk at the Heritage Foundation wasn't especially partisan or even political. I was quoting the social science that scholars across the political spectrum agree upon -- namely, that a focus on women's progress and glass ceilings and "leaning" this way and that misses the most important news: Men are falling behind. A larger percentage of women than men finish high school. Women now earn 57 percent of bachelor's degrees, 63 percent of master's degrees, and 53 percent of doctorates. Men are earning less and dropping out of the labor force at alarming rates. Women are earning more and taking a larger percentage of managerial and supervisory posts.
The decline of marriage hurts men as well as women and children, but its effects are not evenly distributed. Among the college-educated, divorce has declined and unwed childbearing is rare. By contrast, among high school dropouts, most women will have their first child before getting married and rare is the unmarried couple who remains together for life.
The collapse of marriage among the uneducated and partially educated has unquestionably been a social and economic disaster. The data are overwhelming that children raised by married parents are happier, healthier, do better in school, and are more likely to attend and finish college than their peers from single-parent homes. This is true without regard to race or ethnicity. In fact, being raised by a single mother is a better predictor of poverty than race or ancestry.
Those concerned about income inequality, poverty and social health, I argued (and I was joined in this by my fellow panelists), must be concerned about rebuilding the marriage norm. I cited the successful effort to reduce teen pregnancy (it's dropped 50 percent in recent years). A similar campaign to stress the importance of stable families could yield huge benefits for the most vulnerable populations in our society.
Only in the question-and-answer session did the issue that so absorbed Milbank arise: How this affects elections. Responding to a question, we noted the glaringly unsurprising fact that the gender gap between Democrats and Republicans is actually a marriage gap. Single women vote disproportionately for Democrats and married women vote by a comfortable margin for Republicans.
The decline of marriage inclines more women to vote Democrat. They are, quite understandably, looking for security (a la "The Life of Julia"). It's obviously not a good campaign strategy for Republican office-seekers to lecture women about marching to the altar before having children.
But, believe it or not, it's useful to think about and discuss important social trends without always appending a D or an R to them. Serious people can seek out the illuminating research by Isabel Sawhill, Charles Murray, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Elaine Kamarck, W. Bradford Wilcox and other scholars.
Fans of shallow snark will enjoy Milbank's work.
Then ‘Real Men’ vote Republican.........................
See you Condi at the Final Four between UConn women and Stanford women!
Actually, real women vote republican. Lesbians, “man-women”, welfare queens and narcissistic single women vote democrat.
I had my MRS Degree. Most worthless piece of paper I’ve ever paid for.
The ones who want a sugar daddy vote Dhimmicrat
Is the GOP stupid to catter to further short sighted narcissism. If it were not for Hanoi Jane’s stupid glass ceiling pausing on enemy guns, America and the GOP would have handed over the world on a silver platter to American women. But nooo... they had to play in vanities and do it themselves better by being rode on like the communist village bicycle...
The left was somewhat helpful in reducing teen pregnancy — because the programs to reduce it were government programs — but will be no help whatsoever in any attempt to rebuild marriage, not even if the pro-marriage program required a multi-billion dollar Federal bureaucracy to implement. The family is a non-state institution, and as such has to be destroyed or subordinated to the omnicompetent state. This is why the only aspect of human behavior that the left does not want to minutely regulate is sex: wanton unrestricted sexual behavior destroys the most fundamental non-state institution, the family, leaving the state to reign supreme in human affairs.
I'd love to see the math on that.
Sarah is a REAL: woman and I’ll bet she doesn’t vote Democrat.
A lot of it is emotional.
Women in general respond more to emotion. If the perception pushed is that women HAVE to support abortion, easy divorce, gay rights, because it is what is NICE, many will do it.
I know quite a few church going women who fully support abortion and gay marriage because to not do so would mean they are rejected by their friends.
What is interesting to me is that the next generation of men is just dropping out. They are not working, or getting married, nor getting an education. Society is telling them they are not needed, wanted, or even tolerated, so they are sitting at home playing video games.
Neither sex in our society knows what their role is anymore. All look to Someone Else to provide for them.
The locusts have won, and and ants have stopped playing in short. That means our civilization is sliding into the abyss. It may take a few more decades, but it isn’t going to be long.
Repeal the 19th amendment!!!
Just kidding! ;) Or am I?
I’ll second your motion.
Thanks a lot you chauvinistic pig
And so do real women
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