Will this election put an end to the War on Expertise in this country?

Probably not, but wouldn’t it be pretty to think so? In honor of our ongoing War on Expertise, I bring you a link to a post of mine from two years ago, which featured a This American Life story about Bob the Electrician, and his deluded belief that if he couldn’t understand the Theory of Relativity, that … Continue reading Will this election put an end to the War on Expertise in this country?

Generation and gender in “hating” Hillary Clinton

Go read and consider Michelle Goldberg’s analysis of “The Hillary Haters” at Slate.  The nut: Few people dislike Hillary Clinton for being too moralistic anymore. In trying to understand the seemingly eternal phenomenon of Hillary hatred, I’ve spoken to people all around America who revile her. I’ve interviewed Trump supporters, conventional conservatives, Bernie Sanders fans, … Continue reading Generation and gender in “hating” Hillary Clinton

Do you like her, or do you like LIKE her?

I’ve been saying for months that the question of Hillary Clinton’s “likability” is unimportant. Why? Because we know that women are always thought less likable (or even unlikable) when we’re asking for a promotion or, even worse, acting as though we deserve it. And what is Clinton’s campaign but a months-long job interview for the … Continue reading Do you like her, or do you like LIKE her?

Matching blue suits: failing the test of presidential leadership.

Commentators everywhere were amazed by the fact that Hillary Clinton and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wore similar shades of blue at a campaign event last week in Cincinnati.  (Actually, I’d say Clinton’s suit was periwinkle, and it’s obvious that Warren is wearing only a blue jacket, not a suit.) Nevertheless, we should consider the role … Continue reading Matching blue suits: failing the test of presidential leadership.

Hillary I?

Now that Hillary Clinton has become the *official presumptive nominee* for president of the Democratic party and first woman standard bearer for a major U.S. party, it’s worth revisiting a post I wrote a few months ago about women’s paths to political power in historical perspective.  I also have some questions about the widespread tendency to … Continue reading Hillary I?

Why $0.78 on the dollar is probably still a high estimate of women’s compensation

We’re definitely underpaid, ladies, considering the extra layer of bull$h!t we have to deal with in the course of just doing our jobs.  Read on for a fascinating illustration of the costs of doing business when you have a female name and internet profile. Some of us have been having fun on the interwebs recently … Continue reading Why $0.78 on the dollar is probably still a high estimate of women’s compensation

Just a quick observation–

CORRECTED BELOW, 10:08 A.M. MDT All this talk from the Bernie Sanders campaign–which it has successfully injected into the political media–about the “calendar” being “favorable” to them? I checked the poll average for Arizona this morning, and it has Hillary Clinton up THIRTY POINTS. That’s a winner-take-all primary, friends,* versus the caucuses in Utah and … Continue reading Just a quick observation–

More math for girls: Clinton voters and false narratives about the 2016 electorate.

In The (New, New) New Republic, Eric Sasson asks the logical question:  “Who Is the Hillary Voter?”  Who are these people who irrationally continue to vote for the woman who just can’t excite women, or millennials, or white men?  Sasson suggests that the “voters are angry” narrative that’s probably warranted among the Republicans has taken over … Continue reading More math for girls: Clinton voters and false narratives about the 2016 electorate.

Race, sex, and voting rights in American history: again, the longue durée

Hillary Clinton, running against a white man for the Democratic nomination, loses the support of white men.  But in the end, does it really matter?  When her opponent was a black man, she won white men by a country mile.  This says more about white men’s prejudices than it does about Hillary Clinton. In any … Continue reading Race, sex, and voting rights in American history: again, the longue durée

A revolution happened last night, and no one noticed

How’s this for women’s history month?  For the first time in the long history of the republic, members of a major American political party voted decisively to nominate a woman as their presidential candidate, and no one noticed because all we want to talk about is the baloney-faced misogybag DONALD DRUMPF! It’s true!  Even articles … Continue reading A revolution happened last night, and no one noticed