Is it Sexist to Look at Politics Through a Gender Lens?

Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 10:17 AM

Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina greets supporters during the 2010 Tax Day Tea Party April 15, 2010 in Pleasanton, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Earlier this week, we annoyed many of our listeners when the writer Gail Sheehy called the Republican women running for election right now as "mean girls." Sheehy said candidates like Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina in California were "cut throat."

We'll hear some of your responses to that discussion tomorrow, but we'll also look at how women voters are viewing the issues of this election. But we're asking you, Is it sexist to look at politics through the gender lens?

Kelly from Salt Lake City, Utah wrote to us with this question: "Why is it that sexism is still so prevalent and accepted in this society? If you were to rewind the conversation and insert 'Jewish' or 'African American' in place of 'Woman,' then heads would definitely roll."

Carlos from Boca Raton said, "It is just as sexist to hold these women to a certain standard as it was to hold Hillary Clinton to a different standard during the 2004 primaries."

What do you think?


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