Friday, October 18, 2013

HuffPost Article About the Perception of "Impassioned" Female Politicians in the United States

Elizabeth Plank wrote a piece for the Huffington Post entitled, "Why We Love Angry Men, But Hate Impassioned Women." The article reflects aspects of our discussion over the stereotypes of women and how society quickly assigns adjectives like "emotional," "sensitive" or "aggressive" to passionate female politicians. However, men are commended for being assertive and their popularity as political figures often increases. Plank discusses a book entitled Compelling People in which authors John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut argue that women should not abandon the image of being strong and intense in political debates, but rather balance those traits with "warmth" and more compassion. However, I think it is unfair to ask female politicians to change their personality and leadership styles to accommodate and satisfy the needs of a nation that still has many sexist ideologies. Why should they be expected to behave differently than their male counterparts?

The article can be found by clicking here.

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