Say what??

Mon, January 29, 2007


If I asked Mr. PunditMom how I should vote in an election, he would either:

(a) roll on the floor laughing at the hilarity of such a suggestion,
(b) have me committed because he would know for sure that I had lost my mind, or
(c) take away my voter registration card.

But according to the recent missive from Linda Hirshman, she thinks that’s what most women do.

We don’t pay attention. We don’t read newspapers. We bat our little ol’ eyelashes and say:

“Oh, darlin’, I’ve just been too busy with all the carpools, grocery shopping and cooking to pay any attention to one of the most important elections of our time — should I vote for Bush or Kerry?” (Come on — you know that’s what I said!)

Oh, and we’d rather read Real Simple than Newsweek (well, I’ll admit that maybe I prefer that when I’m in the “reading room”).

In an op-ed piece in the Washington Post on Sunday, Hirshman wrote at length about her newest slam against women which was based on an informal poll of some of her acquaintances — that, essentially, the women’s vote is irrelevant and that we don’t care about politics.

Hear that rumbling noise? That’s Alice Paul turning over in her grave.

I’m not entirely sure what universe Hirshman is living in, but I think she needs to rethink her theory. I know there are lots of men and women alike who could not care less about election night results, but I’m betting that this time around, voters aren’t going to be sticking their heads in the sand — they want a piece of 2008.

My theory? Hirshman enjoys the spotlight and when she hasn’t been in it for a while, she tosses a little bomb out there to see if anyone will listen.

As someone who registered to vote ASAP when she turned 18, watched the Watergate hearings, and reads Time and Newsweek, along with my other recreational reading, I shudder to think that there aren’t plenty of other women out there like me — following current events and politics, even though I hate that we started discussing November 2008 the day after the 2006 elections.

I’m holding out a smidge of hope that maybe Hirshman is being crazy like a fox and trying to convince the GOP that they don’t need to worry about women voters, because we’re too preoccupied with baking cookies and watching Martha Stewart to focus on real issues and candidates.

Let’s prove her wrong, ladies. That’s what we’re doing out here in the blogosphere, right?

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21 Responses to “Say what??”

  1. Shannon Says:

    Uhm, I don’t think I know any of the ladies Ms. Hirshman runs with. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever met a woman who has told me she asks here husband how to vote. This really makes me curious about her social circle.

  2. Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah Says:

    That is infuriating! Why would I ask my husband? I can read. And think.

  3. David Says:

    saw this and it really blew my mind. it plays to a larger cultural dynamic – what else does Hirshman think women need men to decide?

    why stop there? Kids? Jobs? Home? God?

  4. Queen of the Mayhem Says:

    I am MUCH smarter than Mr. Mayhem….if anything…HE should be asking ME! (hee-hee) It just might seem that Ms. Hirshman is a tad out of touch! It is amazing to believe that some people still think like this!

  5. Mrs. Chicky Says:

    Gah! You sure know how to raise a woman’s ire. Just the mention of her name makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

    Besides, has she forgotten that she too has a vagina? Apparently, we’re all stupid cows and she’s above all that.

  6. Lawyer Mama Says:

    I should have KNOWN that you would write about this too. You’ll have to go check out my post & see what you think. I don’t know the voting block Ms. H is polling, and if I did I’d slap them silly. But I’m half afraid she may be right. There are just an awful lot of people out there who aren’t like us, the posters and readers of your blog. (I’m feeling a little pessimistic about the world today. Can you tell?)

  7. CrankMama Says:

    You gave me CHILLS, mama!! CHILLS!!

  8. Devra Says:

    If I asked my husband how I should vote in an election he would:

    A) Ask me if I had smoked or ingested anything that would screw up his security clearance.

    B) Ask me why I was asking him and then tell me to call my mother because he knows she is the most politically involved person, when it comes to elections, he has ever come across in his lifetime.

    C) Explain to me for the umpteenth time how he “doesn’t believe in voting” because he “has to serve the office of the president and it doesn’t matter to him who is in that office as they (presidents) all do about the same job as far as he is concerned.”

    D) See it as an opportunity to once more make fun of my attorney’s name, which happens to be Chad.

  9. mayberry Says:

    I think your theory is on target. The one about Hirshman being an attention whore, although you were a bit more polite about it.

  10. Gunfighter Says:

    An alternative view, ladies?

    I know that many of you that read and respond to PunditMom’s blog are active, aware, educated and intelligent women… but it saddens me to tell you that there ARE women (and men, but women are the focus here) that really have no idea about politics and up to election day, still have no idea about how they feel about candidates.

    How do I know this? Because some of them are my coworkers. Some of them are neighbors and other acquaintances.

    It shocks me every time I hear someone say: “Oh… I dunno, I’ll make up my mind at the polling station… if I vote. I’m REALLY busy today.”

    A shame… but this is the unvarnished truth.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    This article made me so mad I was ranting it about it to every woman I know. It is so off and certainly not representative of the women in and around DC as she implies. Even if there are woman out there who are politically clueless it doesn’t mean she should only use them as her ‘sample’ for a piece that is appearing on top of the fold in the Post’s Outlook section!

  12. Mixter Says:

    Okay, this person says she’s a FEMINIST and then says:

    My own theory is that women don’t decide elections because they’re not rational political actors — they don’t make firm policy commitments and back the candidates who will move society in the direction they want it to go. Instead, they vote on impulse, and on elusive factors such as personality.

    Excuse me, honey, but a feminist you’re NOT! You’re a stereotyping female-hater, and you should be ashamed of yourself!

    Ok. Rant over.

  13. impromptublogger Says:

    Hmm, at least on local elections dh often asks ME who to vote for since he doesn’t keep up with that!

    Actually since so few people vote to start with, the ones who don’t know anything to start with usually don’t bother. That is the way with a neighbor of ours. While she is smart she is not informed so it is better maybe that she doesn’t. Her dh is probably less aware than she is!

  14. Andrea Says:

    If there’s anything this current administration has taught me, it’s that whether or not my vote “counts” in the scheme of things, it’s my duty to vote according to my personal beliefs and my responsibility to learn enough to support those beliefs. I should vote because if I don’t, then I have no cause to be worried about the direction of our country. And I’m very worried. Very.

    And I would say I’m one of the least enlightened of my friends and acquaintances. Which really just says one thing about Hirshman:

    She’s hanging around with some dimwitted idiots. Probably on purpose so they believe her particular brand of bull.

  15. Flybunny Says:

    You know, I kind of have to side with Gunslinger on this one.

    In our local election last Nov there was a rather large proposal to build a state of the are soccer park on the ballot and one of the opponents came right out and said she (yes it was a woman) doubted it would pass because most “Soccer Moms” probably weren’t aware of the vote or if they were they probably hadn’t bothered to register to vote.

    I was furious and sent it to all of the Mom’s I knew and you know what, only 2 other mothers were as riled as I was (out of about 40) and the soccer park was voted down by a resounding margin which makes me think that that she may have been partially correct and it made me sad and a little scared…..

  16. BlogWhore Says:

    gosh, it would be nice to be so stupid and ignorant to the world that my husband, of all people, would tell ME how to vote.

    could you imagine the laws he would push for?

    expand hunting season.
    mandatory super bowl holidays.
    beef the national food of choice.

    please, we all know who runs the households of america and who really decides the issues.

  17. Mamma Says:

    And yet she dares to refer to herself as a feminist in that piece. I’m just getting to the Sunday Post now. Just read the beginning of the article before I had to throw it down!

  18. Lawyer Mama Says:

    You know, I wonder if it’s even possible to be a feminist and a misogynist at the same time. That’s really what I think she is.

  19. vasilisa Says:

    Ha? That’s the weirdest thing I ever heard. 99% of the time hubs and I don’t agree over political issues and argue back and forth. In fact, I’d say I’m much more political than he is… The idea that I’d (or any of my friends) would ask anyone who to vote for is so far fetched…

    And that’s in Washington Post?

  20. Becky68 Says:

    I saw red reading what you wrote. Then went & read the whole article you’d linked to & saw a little less red. It is untrue in my personal life but very true in what I see & hear in my day to day life, I work with a lot of people & hear conversations I’m not actually involved in a lot of the time, both on the phone during work & at the job itself & truly, a lot of people (female & male) just don’t care.

  21. cooper Says:

    You are awesome. I am blogging this right now.

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