Has the Democratic Party Become the Party of Progressive Women?

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I went to my local democratic meeting and an interesting fact was put forth, that in the last election democratic women turned out in more than 30 percent higher numbers than democratic men. The statistics for republicans was almost equal. There were all kinds of explanations; that it was a school board election and women are more concerned about school issues. Or perhaps democratic men were at work. None of these explanations made sense, so I asked if perhaps the democratic party has become the party of women?

 

This question was met with deafening silence and at least one hurrumph from an obviously progressive woman on the school board. I presumed that she thought my question to be sexist, but I didn't intend it that way. I support the liberation of women, as I support the liberation of all downtrodden people, except many of the women who promote these values don't appear to be particularly downtrodden, and it would be hard to believe that they have any real understanding of the complications involved in implementing the social theories they propose. I should have posed a more specific question; has the democratic party become the party of progressive women?

 

What I wanted to point out is two things. One is that this is not news. The liberal agenda of the democratic party has been its hallmark in recent decades and I for one find that to be a positive development, but problematic. No matter what you want to believe, in terms of political clout in the US, men run the show, and in terms of our dominant religious ethos, Christianity, they're supposed to. So, Christian women are caught in a quandary. Yes, they'd like to see women more involved, have more of their concerns addressed, but they'd rather leave it to the men to do it, because men are naturally more determined in these areas, they believe, and more competent. So if we hope to have some revolution of women that will change the political landscape, it will require fundamental societal changes in how we see the roles of women and men in leadership.

 

Two, at present it is not a winning strategy as we've seen. In the future, perhaps, but at present most men are not willing to admit women as equals. The primitive concepts of women being objects of sexual conquest and ownership still rule and women, even progressive women, play into these stereotypes. Even though many enlightened men pretend that they don't believe this, when it comes to protecting women, the rules are different than those for men and women allow that. And in society when we make special rules for people, we are saying that they inferior and in need of help. Government perpetuates this with policies that attempt to make up for past injustices. In many cases it merely substitutes a different injustice for the old one.

 

If the democratic party wants to have any hope of success in the coming elections it will have to adapt its message to the broader economic and security concerns of the general populace, but within that there is still room for the promotion of a women's agenda, as long as it doesn't focus on the deplorable behavior of men, because we are what we are, for now.

Comments

mark henry smith Added Aug 10, 2017 - 2:32pm
I have decided to enter politics the old fashioned way, by participating in the local process and after you go to one meeting you realize how the democrats have created an ideological maze for themselves that they can't get out of. The republicans rely on simple, clear messages that resonate with the core, and the basic message is this, we must do anything we have to to win, because the fate of the country and the world is at stake.
 
The democrats still revel in their bitterness over the election outcomes, as if the people are too stupid to get it. That rhetoric has to end if we democrats hope to have chance in hell of regaining power. Hatred of Donald Trump will not last. He's not Hitler. He's just some dude who wants to make a name for himself and has always done whatever it takes to do that. Maybe when he changes the name of The White House to The Trump House the stink will stick, but based on past results, I doubt it.   
Leroy Added Aug 10, 2017 - 2:59pm
You have to admit that Republican women look better.  Maybe that has something to do with it.  I guess for a near octogenarian Polosi is a looker but it you apply the half your age plus 9 rule, most octogenarian men are attracted to 60 year olds wouldn't give her a look, and, at that age and younger, Republicans rule.  For Democrats to win, they need to find some younger blood.  I mean, really, they are becoming stale.  The Republican leaders are much, much younger.  Gone are the days of the fossilized leaders from the South.  There are a few, but not many.  The Democrats have Debbie Wasserman Shultz.  She looks like something out of the movie Aliens.  Ability should be the primary issue, but let's face it; elections are a popularity contest. 
wsucram15 Added Aug 10, 2017 - 3:02pm
I dont like Donald Trump MHS..but I dont feel I have ever liked him, truth be told.
I tried to be a patriot and go to the inauguration and give him a chance, but I just cant let some of his idiocy's go, much like other Presidents.  He is still the President, but I dont have to like him, nor does a majority of the population.
 
I would assert here that if he wanted people to get along with him, he should address ALL people and not just his base.
He might have a shot then, I doubt it, but it would be better than it is now.
 
Good luck on entering politics, local level is best. 
George N Romey Added Aug 10, 2017 - 5:50pm
My belief is that the Democratic Party wanted to be the party of intellectuals but ended up the party of Wall Street instead. 
Jenifer Frost Added Aug 10, 2017 - 6:11pm
The Democratic Party may be somewhat progressive on the local level but the DNC Fraud Lawsuit proves that on a national level the Democratic Party isn't even democratic let alone progressive... DNC Fraud Suit Exposes Anti-Democratic Views in Democratic Party - Truthdig - http://www.truthdig.com/articles/dnc-fraud-lawsuit-exposes-anti-democratic-views-democratic-party


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