Women and men: still not the same


Since we here at Maclean’s decided, right out of the starting blocks, to declare the women’s vote the big factor to  watch in this campaign, I’ve been intrigued to keep track of how this aspect of the election debate plays out.

So it’s interesting to see Bruce Anderson of Decima-Harris pointing to urban women under 40 as the key to any Conservative breakthrough, and suggesting that Stephen Harper’s surprising pre-campaign edge with this crucial slice of the electorate might already have fizzled.

By the way, if you imagine that the difference in outlook between male and female voters who look to occupy similar positions in society—let’s say, educated, career-oriented, well-informed—must be slight, think again. New research suggests the opposite: the closer the social status of men and women, the further their personalities diverge—men more competitive and reckless, women more cooperative and cautious.


Women and men: still not the same

  1. NOW you’ve come up with a good topic, now that I’m tired and have a tremendous headache!


  2. Tjee, John,

    your topic of choice seems to have stumped the average blogger. No action to speak of.

    I wonder, is the subject women versus men such a complicated one? Or does life as usual go on regardless of solving the posed problem?

    I had read that research a few weeks back and I have to say that I found myself somewhat at a loss as to what the logical explanation to the findings could be.

    Generally speaking, I regard the women versus men topic to be much more overarching then to be able to fit into specifics of research input/output.

    I believe that coping with life in general is what drives us all, and we deal with it in such way as we have been chromosomically determined.

    Some are men and some of us are women. I wouldn’t want to take away from either gender. How we find ourselves coping with life’s questions would be the overriding principle guiding me. By being a women, I possess certain characteristics pertaining to the female kind. But being of the female kind draws me automatically to the other, which would be the male kind.

    I could not imagine being anti-men. I could not imagine surrounding myself with women only. Can YOU imagine the cat fights ongoing?

    “Over to you!”


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