From NPR’s “The Feminine Effect on Presidential Politics”:
In the end, “American women usually don’t succeed in politics — or other professions — unless they act like men,” [political historian at Montana State Joan] Hoff says. “And so, aside from the condescension issue, they don’t usually have a distinctly female impact on the tone or issues discussed in political debates.”
Consider Jill Lawrence’s very good piece about just how distinct Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann are (I absolutely agree and have never bought the line “is there room enough for both of them” – what a ridiculous question – can we then say that there’s not room enough for nine white guys?
Would you mistake Bachmann or Palin for that matter for a man?
I don’t know – I get that NPR wanted to explore the question of what happens, if anything, when women are engaged in something in which we’ve typically seen only men.