Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The New Feminized Majority by Charles Derber and Katherine Adam

I'm doing something a little different today. Charles Derber and Katherine Adam are on a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion to promote their timely nonfiction political book, The New Feminized Majority: How Democrats Can Change America with Women's Values, which was recently released by Paradigm Publishing.

I've always had an interest in politics and I actually ran for public office in 2003. Things didn't work out the way I hoped, but I still remain active in local politics as much as my schedule allows. One of the things that always interests me during political discussions with co-workers or friends is the reasons that we vote the way we do.

For some, they are going to vote Democratic or Republican because they always have. It doesn't really matter who the candidate is; all that's important is what letter appears after his or her name. For others, it's a single issue: be it the economy, ending the war in Iraq, reproductive rights, or any other issue that is most important to this voter; whichever candidate feels the same way she does, gets her vote. And there are many other ways in which voters connect to a particular candidate before stepping inside the ballot box.

The 2008 presidential primaries have certainly left us all hanging; and for the first time ever, the Democrats are going to have to choose either a woman or a man who has a multiracial and multicultural background to represent them against a Republican challenger. Both Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton embody the modern day Democratic Party, but some people, like authors Charles Derber and Katherine Adam, believe that Barak Obama is a more feminized candidate than Hillary Clinton.


On Page 144, the authors discuss how Obama's background allows him to understand the feminized values of "diversity, equality, and community". Derber and Adam go on to state, "He (Obama) highlights the importance of values in his own life and in the nation's politics. He emphasizes that there is a "common good" or universal set of values that can bring Americans together. He stresses change and the movement from self-interested partisanship to a feminized politics of the common good."

They go on to say, "Obama emphatically argues that values must drive politics."

Do you agree? Is Obama a more feminized candidate than Clinton? Must values drive politics?

Are you interested in finding out more? Then purchase a copy of The New Feminized Majority: How Democrats Can Change America with Women's Values at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, or at Paradigm Publishing's website.

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Connie Briscoe said...

Very interesting theory and definitely something to think about. Maybe this is a counter to the Bush cowboy in-your-face years.

Dorothy Thompson said...

This certainly is an interesting subject due to the election looming ahead. Charles or Katherine, can you define "feminized values" and why do you think that America needs to take a more feminized approach?