The difference between men and women….

A columnist for the NYT speculates on the “gender inequity” when it comes to Congressional sex scandals…..basically name the last elected female to have a tearful press conference confessing to “bad judgement.”

?The shorthand of it is that women run for office to do something, and men run for office to be somebody,? said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. ?Women run because there is some public issue that they care about, some change they want to make, some issue that is a priority for them, and men tend to run for office because they see this as a career path.?

and….

?I have no hard evidence that women are less likely to engage in risky or somewhat stupid behavior,? Ms. Pearson said. ?But women in Congress are still really in a situation where they have to prove themselves to their male colleagues and constituents. There?s sort of this extra level of seriousness.?

So do you buy the idea that female politicians are more serious or could it be that the MSM just would rather not know about the congressional version of “Girls Gone Wild?”

23 Replies to “The difference between men and women….”

  1. dissident in exile

    Nikki Haley is a target of probes (pardon the pun) into her personal behavior. There are numerous Congress members (pardon the pun) engaged in same-sex relationships.

  2. Duh

    In my professional life, I’ve always had an extra eye out for women (no pun intended). They seem more refined, harder workers, more focus and have that “have to prove something” attitude which can be a double edge sword. As a man, I still find it a double standard that when most women are aggressive in the business context, they are seen as bitches, but when men do it, their aggressive. However, there are some women that fit the bill in that they become irrational on many, many points of contention. Men attempt to intimidate physically. Women get into your brains which is much tougher. Overies aside and the changes in their business chemical make up upon pregnancy (i.e. the yearning of being a mother rather in the rat race which I whole heartedly agree), I tend to think I would rather have a woman as a business ally rather than a man. Nikki Haley is an abborition (sp?) I would much rather separate the Nikkis of the world with their personal issues than whack jobs like Pelosi who defines the term irrational.

      1. Donkephant

        Her family life story was quite intriguing prior to her announcement that she was running. Maybe she’s pulled her act together since being elected.maybe..

  3. Duh

    CAhaidelerbergerbergerwithfries: You need to get over your obsession. SHS is history as is all of your state party. We could be writing about the Galapago Islands and you’d get an attempted Kirsti zinger in there. Kristi leads, she is there for a purpose, sending SHS packing and working against the worst President and administration ever. The only work SHS’s managed was to sniff Pelosi, feed the natives chili for votes and hang out with her formerly married husband who used to be her mentor. By the way, SHS still owes my friend several thousand dollars when she skipped out on the rest of her obligations. Nice representative (former).

    When God created man, she was only joking…

  4. PNR

    The rationale is b.s.

    In the first place, the MSM is full-bore on for anything that might possibly even hint of maybe a whiff of scandal in female politicians who happen to be conservative. Witness the feeding frenzy on Gov. Palin’s e-mails, the nonsense about Trig (liberals have their own version of “birthers”), the way they jumped all over Bristol.

    In the second place, men and women are wired differently. Even in this feminist age, you won’t find many women bragging about how many guys they’ve bedded, because women tend to be relationally minded – they’re not often out looking for sexual conquests. Guys tend to think in terms of tasks completed, so frequency and multitude of sexual acts matters more to them – they ARE more likely to be seeking sexual conquests because they are more likely to keep score (they even call it “scoring” when they succeed). A congresswoman is therefore not as likely as a congressman to look at a page or attractive constituent as an object of those desires, so you’ll get a few dozen stories about the latter before you get a hint of such a story about the former.

  5. Name

    I’ve noticed a lot of women are much older when they are elected to congress than a typical male counterpart… Maybe that has something to do with it.

    But there are a lot fewer women in Congress than men.

  6. grudznick

    If Ms. Pelosi came up to you in a smokey bar and started leaning into you and whispering things in your ear, wouldn’t YOU run screaming into the night?