March 08, 2017

Neither one is likeable

Remember when Hillary lost the election to Donald and we were assured that the only reason she lost is because knuckle-dragging misogynists would never vote for a woman? It seems like only yesterday.

An associate professor of economics and political science at INSEAD, Maria Guadalupe go the idea to flip the gender roles in the Clinton/Trump debates. She wanted to see how an audience would perceive Clinton's debate performance coming from a man and Trump's coming from a woman.

Guadalupe began the project assuming that the gender inversion would confirm what they’d each suspected watching the real-life debates: that Trump’s aggression—his tendency to interrupt and attack—would never be tolerated in a woman, and that Clinton’s competence and preparedness would seem even more convincing coming from a man.

It didn't quite turn out that way for Guadalupe or the standing room only audiences. You should read the whole thing because the details are fascinating. People were not put out by seeing a woman exhibiting Trumps behavior, and they were put off by seeing Hillary's performance from a male.

So maybe everyone should take a breath and stop complaining that this election was decided based on genitalia.

The money quote?

Someone said that Jonathan Gordon [the male Hillary Clinton] was "really punchable” because of all the smiling.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at 03:40 PM | No Comments | Add Comment

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