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.