View Poll Results: What would happen if women and men were each guaranteed 50 Senate seats?

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  • It would drastically change the rhetoric and legislation that emerged

    4 26.67%
  • There would be some subtle negotiating differences, but nothing major

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Thread: Gender parity in the Senate

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    Re: Gender parity in the Senate

    There's only one thing in any way attractive about the proposal in teh OP.

    Both of my state's senators are women. They are also both idiots. They are solidly entrenched, corrupt, and have a massively inflated notion of their own importance and significance. They use their positions for their own personal gain, to the detriment of the voters that they are supposed to represent.

    This isn't to say anything about women in general. Just that the two specific women who have managed to become senators from my state are idiots.

    The OP's proposal would mean getting rid of one of them and replacing her with a man. If any state can come up with a male senator who is as much of an idiot as the two women who hold these positions, it would be my state, but at least this would also give us a shot at getting one senator who is intelligent and competent and who understands that his job is about representing his constituents rather than about representing his own selfish interests.
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    Re: Gender parity in the Senate

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Blaylock View Post
    There's only one thing in any way attractive about the proposal in teh OP.

    Both of my state's senators are women. They are also both idiots. They are solidly entrenched, corrupt, and have a massively inflated notion of their own importance and significance. They use their positions for their own personal gain, to the detriment of the voters that they are supposed to represent.

    This isn't to say anything about women in general. Just that the two specific women who have managed to become senators from my state are idiots.

    The OP's proposal would mean getting rid of one of them and replacing her with a man. If any state can come up with a male senator who is as much of an idiot as the two women who hold these positions, it would be my state, but at least this would also give us a shot at getting one senator who is intelligent and competent and who understands that his job is about representing his constituents rather than about representing his own selfish interests.

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    Re: Gender parity in the Senate

    I tend to think social insurance/programs type legislation will be passed much easier with more female representation.
    Not saying I want that to happen, but I believe it to be more likely.
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    Re: Gender parity in the Senate

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    The ideology of Olympia Snowe is vastly different from the ideology of Rand Paul.
    Kelly Ayotte is even more different from Debbie Stabenow, despite being both women and senators.
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    Re: Gender parity in the Senate

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I don't think it'd make much difference. A politician is a politician. Anyone who thinks that women would make more kinder/gentler decisions need only look to Nancy Pelosi.
    You really need to control that green-eyed monster on your back. Just because she raised a family first and then went into politics and her career lifted her to 3rd in line to the Presidency is no reason to be jealous. It does not become anyone. Her life is one that any woman {or man} would aspire to.

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    Re: Gender parity in the Senate

    Quote Originally Posted by iguanaman View Post
    You really need to control that green-eyed monster on your back. Just because she raised a family first and then went into politics and her career lifted her to 3rd in line to the Presidency is no reason to be jealous. It does not become anyone. Her life is one that any woman {or man} would aspire to.
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    Re: Gender parity in the Senate

    If anything the imbalance shows that politics is still a very male dominated field. I'm sure there are many capable women who run on both sides of the aisle. However we as a society live under the mentality that strong leaders come in a male packages. That needs to be done away with before more women can be elected.
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    Re: Gender parity in the Senate

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    No - it is not up to us to go fishing, the fish must grow legs and walk on land!

    That is exactly why I oppose it - the effort to run for office and be a notable working individual within our government must be fought for and proven to be won by the individual to hold the position.

    If women aren't interested - then they aren't interested. This can go to other groups: religious, political and race respects. You cannot create an interest if there is none. You shouldn't force participation if it's not there already.
    But is the problem really that women aren't interested in going into politics? I see it as a combination of double standards and other factors...women are more likely to be perceived as bitches if they voice strong opinions (e.g. Hillary Clinton), more likely to be asked questions that no male candidate would ever be asked (e.g. Sarah Palin), more likely to be reviled if they hold a leadership position (e.g. Nancy Pelosi), etc. Often these cognitive biases are in our subconscious mind, and we don't even think about them, but I don't doubt that they are there. Perhaps these attitudes simply discourage women from entering politics in the first place.
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    Re: Gender parity in the Senate

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    If anything the imbalance shows that politics is still a very male dominated field. I'm sure there are many capable women who run on both sides of the aisle. However we as a society live under the mentality that strong leaders come in a male packages. That needs to be done away with before more women can be elected.
    I agree. If a male candidate is running against a female candidate, I think a lot of voters will automatically perceive the male candidate to be a "stronger leader" until proven otherwise (but of course, the female candidate can't try too hard to prove otherwise lest she be seen as a bitch). This leads to a dilemma where some female candidates (e.g. Hillary Clinton in 2008) try to win by proving that they can be just as masculine as their opponents, which may affect the rhetoric, voting record, and overall attitude of the females who do win.
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    Re: Gender parity in the Senate

    This idea is beyond ridiculous.

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