is it because they’re all voting for edwards?

Story on CNN.com, right now:

GenderOrRace2

I notice that CNN.com is not presently running a companion story: “Gender or race: white male voters face tough choices in S.C.” (Update: I just changed the photo, which was from the CNN’s inside story, with the version that is now on their front page, which omits the ‘in S.C.’ but includes the direct statement: “These women face a unique dilemma: Should they vote their race, or should they vote their gender?” Rather than, you know, the question of whether they should [and do] have a more complicated political calculus than just which match on a disadvantaging characteristic ought to be the overriding one.)

BTW, things seems to be going okay with the plan for my “Individual and Society” class of having a one word topic for each lecture. Tomorrow’s topic: “Identity.”

Author: jeremy

I am the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

6 thoughts on “is it because they’re all voting for edwards?”

  1. Yes, this “race vs. gender” construction, as if men have no gender and whites have no race, is driving a lot of people crazy. Not to mention, as you say, other issues.

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  2. OW: you are so smart (again and always). I constructed it a differentand even less informative way which I will not post here.

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  3. OW: Exactly!

    LBN: I’ll admit I don’t get what you mean. Side note–I’m all optimistic for my first good night of sleep preceding a lecture as an employee of Northwestern.

    crimsonglow: Thanks for passing that along. I’m pleased that I wasn’t alone in being troubled by the CNN lede for the story.

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  4. Interesting. I followed the Crooked Timber ping and thence to a CNN follow up story, which says that they got a lot of flack for insulting Black women’s political thinking even though (in the construction of the CNN writer) the original story portrayed Black women as judging issues. However, this follow-up story still does not acknowledge the stupidity of the race vs gender construction as something that applies only to Black women.

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