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Sexism and the 2020 Democratic Primary


Good piece by Kate Manne:

So far, at least in politics, it’s proving to be the Year of the White Guy.

Two white male presidential candidates—Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders—have led the Democratic field from the start, and two others—Beto O’Rourke and Pete Buttigieg—have basked in glowing coverage. Meanwhile, experienced female rivals—Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren—haven’t generated nearly the same media buzz, or led any recent polls.

What’s going on here? The evidence is mounting that these patterns are the work of sexism and misogyny—albeit often unconscious, unwitting and the result of implicit bias.

Even before the 2016 election, when Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, the first female nominee of a major party in American history, amid deafening campaign-trail chants of “Lock Her Up,” there were plenty of signs that female presidential candidates face unique obstacles.

The subsequent summary of research is very useful. The TL;DR is that women seem to do similarly well as men as candidates for lower-level offices, but the masculine-coded presidency is another matter. Anyway, definitely read the book.

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