Monday, October 18, 2010

MsRepresentation DAILY BRIEF: Man-up to patriarchy; Sexism boomerang

MsRepresentation DAILY BRIEF: October 18, 2010

Please enjoy this digestible overview of important women and politics news - part of WCF's MsRepresentation project for the 2010 elections.

Elaine Marshall: Keepin' It Real

From tractors and eggs to law and politics; NC Sen. candidate Elaine Marshall's road to public office has been "more like a zigzag than a straight line." The News and Observer has recently endorsed WCF-backed Marshall. Why? Because she's a real leader whose rise from humble, hard-working beginnings and commitment to grassroots politics reminds her what matters most.

Man Up

Sharron Angle's gendered dig against Harry Reid continues to draw attention. The LATimes and WSJ chime in about challenges to candidates' manhood. Best quote about the episode goes to feminist author Deborah Tannen of Georgetown University, expert on the use of language in politics: "The references to manliness have gotten more explicit."

Mama Grizzly Scares Off CA's Female GOP Nominees

If Sarah Palin is so influential, how come Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman didn't want to be seen with her when she came to California?

Repeal Women's Suffrage, Vote for Sharron Angle

We wish the headline here was a joke, but seriously: The editor of Nevada's largest paper, which endorsed Sharron Angle for Senate, - has also called for repeal of the 19th amendment, saying women voters are "biased" because - get this =they don't split their support evenly between the two parties in the NV Senate race and other contests. By that logic, Jews, African Americans, Latinos, small businessmen, Catholics, North Dakotans, the entire U.S. military officer corps and just above everyone else in the country should also be disfranchised.

Conservatives Prefer Female Candidates Who Embrace Patriarchy

AlterNet's David Rosen explores the many contradictions at the heart of the so-called Year of the Republican Woman: Holding values that "seek to preserve the fading myth of the patriarchal family and the economic and sexual prowess of the husband."

Krystal Ball's First TV Ad

The Virginia congressional candidate releases her first television spot: "Those politicians can keep making fun of me, but I'll just keep fighting for you."

When Sexist Attacks Backfire

WCF Foundation-sponsored study shows that sexist attacks will backfire—but only if women candidates stand up against them. Says WCF's own Sam Bennett: "Up to now it's been open game season for bloggers, for reporters, for opponents to [make sexist attacks]. Now, it's going to boomerang on you."

Lincoln's Last Push

The New York Times reports from Arkansas on the final push by Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln to hold onto her seat.

When you're strange: Is 2010 a bizarre election year?

DailyKos blogger Meteor Blades estimates the best- and worst-case scenarios for net loss of women in the House and Senate this November. The LATimes chimes in on this strange electoral cycle for women candidates.

X v. X Dispatches, Vol. 2: Civility Reigns

What happens when two women run against each for governor? Political civility breaks out, as substance trumps negative TV ads.

Why Sexist Language Is So Damaging

Because, inevitably, you get a cartoon like this one. (Hint: Jerry Brown).

State Update: Voters Choose Choice

Yet again, a candidate uses pro-choice stance to gain electoral advantage, this time in the New York attorney general race. And in South Carolina, Nikki Haley and Vincent Sheehen are neck-and-neck, even among women voters.

That's today's Brief. Thanks for reading! Make sure to catch up with our bloggers: Jill reminds us that defending a female candidate against sexism does not equal voting for them, and Jodi gives us an in-depth look at NC grassroots candidate Elaine Marshall.

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