Wednesday, March 08, 2017


Gender reversal teaches uncomfortable lesson.
The professors 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.  
What happened, however, was quite different. Audiences in two sold out performances were shocked. They liked Brenda King and distrusted Jonathan Gordon!
Woops. This reminds me of the story of how the game Monopoly was created. The woman who made the game thought it would make people realize the evils of capitalism, but instead, it became the most popular board game ever and a celebration of capitalism.

The uncomfortable lessons in this are many - 1) Clinton benefited from being a woman (she would not have otherwise been a candidate) and 2) Trump is a much more skilled politician and speaker than coastal elites would like to acknowledge

There are more, but I'll stop with those.

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