Very interesting post by Amanda Hess on the social implications of sexist insults aimed at male candidates. We all should know that it's wrong and harmful to claim that a woman is unfit for office based on a perceived lack of stereotypical male qualities, but is it any better for female candidates to attempt to emasculate their male opponents? Hess says that this sort of talk hurts women in the long run by reinforcing phony gender roles and negative sexist attitudes. We agree.
When will this sort of thing come to an end? I wonder what Christine O'Donnell would do if she was facing a homosexual male opponent?