30 September 2005
In recent Presidential elections, much was made of a so-called "gender gap," a media attempt to grant Official Importance to the minor demographic observation that women tended to vote either more Democratic, or less Republican choose one than men. And since much was made of it, there was inevitably a lot of hand-wringing as to what could be done about it.
Andrea Harris, for her part, tends to take on knotty questions with sword in hand:
I know how to get government spending to drop through the floor: repeal the 19th amendment.
I'm serious. Take the vote away from women. Sure, this will bite for the minority of women who are actually politically aware and intelligent, but the majority of women's instinctive impulse to gather and hoard is what drives the soccer mom spend-more-money-on-the-nanny-state vote, when they aren't voting for the most spineless candidate because he looks like he wouldn't frighten their children, or if they are single, voting for the one with the best hair. The fact that women vote has meant that most politicians now spend most of their time trying to please women, who generally don't like things that make loud noise or smell bad like industry and war.
Personally, I blame Dianne Feinstein:
I'm trying to see your feelings as a man. I'm not asking you for a legal view.
But given the fact that men are also capable of coming up with similar cringe-inducing notions, I am disinclined to take my distaste for it out on women. And if we merely disenfranchised the clueless, which would require another Constitutional amendment well, let's not go there. Yet.Posted at 7:14 AM to Political Science Fiction