Greetings, before beginning I would like to thank Vagabond for the outstanding job and effort being put into these debates. I would also like to thank the judges in advance for their fair consideration. Also a warm welcome to my most accomplished opponent MemoryShock, the best of luck to you sir.
I believe this will prove a most fascinating debate as we delve into the now often taboo world of political correctness to broach one of those
subjects that modern day decorum usually frowns upon.
Are women in politics held to different behavioral standards than men?
We will begin by examining the ‘Glass Ceiling’, a term to describe a very real, yet invisible barrier where because prejudices are often unspoken
and denied, there appears to be no barrier there, yet in reality there is.
We will discover that ‘politically-correct' is a hyphenated word for a reason. That still do this day vast numbers of people do not believe
politically-correct is in fact correct at all.
By delving into our ancient past and roots, the traditional Patriarchal society as put forth by Roman Patrician law, and the religions fostered by
Abraham’s teachings, the great Patriarch of Judaism, Christianity and Islam we will discover why still even at the founding of our nation, women
were not even given the right to vote, let alone run for political office because these instilled beliefs and views run so deep.
That even though the suffrage movement in the early 1900’s led to women finally being able to vote and run for office that long held prejudices and
preconceptions not just in the minds of men, but women too, keep a glass ceiling in place that make it much harder for women to advance in politics
and that there is a dual set of standards by which women are judged and held to account.
We will learn how Prohibition that ‘dry’ period during the 1920’s where alcohol became illegal and led to a period of the lawless gangster
bootleggers and speakeasy illegal saloons, nightclubs and bars, and one of the most violent periods of American history was thought by many to be the
result of awarding women the vote, and women becoming active in politics.
That still to this day many men and women too, question the ability of women to make as wise and pragmatic decisions as men.
I will illustrate the dual standards often employed where men and women are judged by completely different standards for the same exact type of
We will even delve into the scientific world of the very real physiological differences between men and women.
I will draw upon such notable things as even in Victorian England where a Female Monarch ruled, that it was still a patriarchal society where women
didn’t even have the right to vote and men were still granted the right to beat their wives under the “Rule of Thumb” where a switch cut off a
tree for beating them could not be thicker than a man’s thumb.
That in the history of our world about the only matriarchal societies thought to ever exist are mythical ones like the Amazonians.
Though my opponent might find it convenient otherwise, I shall not limit the debate to one nation, but shall display that there are still some places
on this earth where women are in fact still not allowed to vote, or run for office!
I will even display that at the very heart of all this prejudice there still is a sovereign nation where no one is allowed to vote! Further still that
this place known as the Holy See and Vatican popularized these prejudices through religion, a religion that is still very much deeply entwined with
the political process today.
That while most of the earth’s nations finally began to allow females to vote, and run for office predominantly in just less than the last hundred
years, that those patriarchal beliefs still taint the political landscape today with a glass ceiling, making it much more difficult for women to rise
to positions of political power, and even once they have, that they are in fact judged by a different set of behavioral standards than men.
I will display that still to this day religious and conservative voting blocks still play a critical role in politics, and that the patriarchal
beliefs and notions put forward in their scriptures still influence voters, and politicians alike.
My opponent will no doubt try to point out those few exceptions to the rule, and claim the glass ceiling has been broken, and I wish him luck as while
he will no doubt tell us attitudes, predispositions and prejudices are changing, that, such statements in and of themselves are proof positive that
prejudice and dual standards do still very much exist.
I will ask my opponent now to include answers to these Socratic Questions in his opening statement.
Socratic Question #1: Do you believe that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have significantly influenced today’s laity and congregants to embrace
Socratic Question #2: Do you believe “It’s a man’s world?”
Socratic Question #3: It has been 90 years since the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was enacted eliminating gender bias in voting, do you
honestly feel that less than one century is enough to change attitudes regarding women in politics is sufficient to reverse 45 centuries of
Patriarchal dominance and rule?
Socratic Question #4: How do you explain that the male to woman ratio is one to one among voting age adults according to the 2010 U.S. Census, yet
only 17 of the 100 U.S. Senators are women, and that only 72 out of 435 of the lower House of Representatives members are female?
Socratic Question #5: Each Congressional Representative and each Senator list their religion as part of their credentials and resume, only one member
of the current congress has not disclosed their religion, in all other cases they are from denominations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, all of
which have patriarchal concepts at their core, do you really believe that their religious beliefs then ‘preclude’ them from having patriarchal
attitudes, the favor men and men’s rights over women and women’s rights put forward through their religions as opposed to our national laws?
The more we delve into this subject the more obvious it will become that we have a long way to go nationally and as a species before we could ever
claim the ‘glass ceiling’ is no longer there. Only 16% of the current congress is female despite the fact that 50% percent of the voting age
population is female. Only 17% of the Senate is female despite the fact that 50% of the voting age population is female.
There is obviously something at play here that is preventing women from attaining anything close to parity, and it certainly can’t be because women
don’t desire careers in politics as surely they do.
So it leads to the troubling question that this debate is all about, can men really be that much smarter, or that much better at exuding leadership
qualities, and gaining confidence and trust from the masses, or are women facing an invisible barrier where they are judged by dual behavioral
This is the problem with the politically-correct dictum, as it dissuades people from speaking their minds. America and the World have a lingering 800
pound guerilla in the room and its called sexism.
Thanks to one and all for following along, in what is arguably one of the most important topics and problems facing society.
In a world where we desperately need better leadership and answers, the only thing that might in fact be preventing it, is not fully considering
everyone who has answers and wants to lead, well, at least when they are a woman!