Saturday, October 15, 2005

Why so few women politicians?

"The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces."
- Maureen Murphy

Why will politicians agree with almost anything that anyone says to them?

Most simple voters will expect that they have satisfied their civic duty by expressing their opinion to an elected representative. When the politicians agrees with them, or at least uses words that give the impression he agrees with them, they go away happy.

Nothing changes because later the politician does what his political party bosses tell him to do and he votes the way he is told to vote. Meanwhile, he has discussed the same matter with someone else who has expressed a different point of view. He has (apparently) agreed with that person as well.

More astute politicians will reply to voter opinions that he will take that person's opinion into consideration when executing his duties and responsibilities. This, at least, seems less of a lie, as he has already formed (or had it formed for him) his official opinion on the matter at hand and knows how he will vote in the legislature.

Is it true that women are more honest than men as politicians? No. However, women find a different kind of deception more acceptable than the kind used by male politicians. They will accept flattery about their looks or their dress, but don't want to engage in the kind of hypocritical debate that men have in political discussions.

There is a difference. As men outnumber women in political party executive positions, they almost always have their way in matters of political decision making. The difference is not pretty.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to help people to understand that equality requires participation, not avoidance.
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