Well, we do know that sexism exists. We know that women are paid less for doing the same work as men, we know that women face sexual harassment and ridiculous scrutiny of their looks and are socialized to defer to the judgement of men.
Why can't we address that before we go trolling the human genome to find any differences between men and women that might possibly have an effect on our behavior?
Really, I doubt that men are genetically predisposed to be better leaders of countries because they just don't have the experiences women do. Without female voices in power, we will continue marginalizing child care and reproductive health and sexual harassment as "women's issues," and producing governments of men, by men, and for men.
Living in a Democracy gives us a chance to engineer our society to benefit all individuals, and not just limp along trying to make more money and have fewer people die.
What I'm hearing is that you haven't had female candidates groomed to act more stereotypically male and handed you on a silver platter. There are a huge number of factors that contribute to the dearth of female candidates - things from pressure to stay home with the kids, to the double bind of being seen as an emasculating bitch if you're outspoken and an ineffective shrinking violet if you're not, to the undercurrent of machismo in netroots politics (for instance, the "Band of Brothers" branding that was pushed for a while was on its face exclusionary and really off-putting to me). The high percentage of netroots-endorse white dudes indicates a certain level of tunnel vision.
The thing is that things have to change for things to change. Looking at the face of netroots candidates, it's hard to come away thinking much has changed at all. There's definitely a delicate balance between giving the people what they want and giving them what they didn't know they wanted, but if I were in your shoes, I'd be asking, say, feminist bloggers to open this question up to their audiences. Actually - I'm going to email a few now, and see if there's anything my meager audience has to say. It's a lot easier to find out what people want when you talk to them, not about them.
That's pretty optimistic. What about Michael Savage? What about Rush Limbaugh? What about Lou Dobbs? I'm anticipating that people will pat themselves on the back after this episode and act like they can stop worrying about things like racism and sexism, since they took care of that Imus guy.
Of course, the fact that people will just stand by and let it happen is scary in its own right. Borat was unsettling, even if I didn't walk out of the theater worried that my fellow red-staters want to throw Jews down the well.
I think that the racist underbelly of America thing has been pretty overplayed. I'm sure that those frat guys are basically the worst America has to offer (and really, does it get much worse?). A lot of why people go along with Borat's terrible hijinks is because their multiculturalized moral compass doesn't work as well as they thought, and it takes only a small amount of social pressure to keep people from speaking out when someone's displaying anti-semitism or whathaveyouism. Borat puts you into an uncomfortable situation, and there's a lot for you to process. "Did he really just say that? " "Is it maybe a Kazakh word I don't know?" "Maybe his culture is just unfamiliar to me." "He's so friendly, though." "I don't really want to make a scene." "If I have a fit, Kazakhstan will think Americans are psychos." Etc. Cohen has a talent for keeping people just confused enough that they can't really react to the horrible things he's saying, even as they're pretty sure they ought to slap him in the face.
Wow, that's a cool link. I know that one non-internet-accessible paper, the Lewiston Tribune, had a letters page the other day that included one person spouting the talking points of the Sali campaign, and right next to it was a letter from Larry Grant himself refuting them. It was pretty cool.
Here in what is widely recognized as Jesusland, I've been doing my best to collect large numbers of liberals together to talk loudly about politics and in general stand up and be noticed. I want the alienated D-voters to be part of a community, and not just assume defeat is unavoidable.
And then there's the blogging and the volunteering with the county party.
I wasn't sure where to put this, but I would love my blog F-words to be included as one of those covering the ID-01 race. I've been following it for several months now, and am excited to see things picking up steam.