Now, why would ANYONE be disengaged with the political process these days? (laughs with anger and tears)
Rhode Island women tend to be disengaged from politics and many don’t regard political activity as an effective way to influence their world, according to interpretations of a poll released yesterday by the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island.
The telephone survey of 507 women, ages 18 to 75, conducted last week, found that Rhode Island women are focused on their local communities, willing to volunteer, committed to voting — but “cynical” about the political process, pollster Anna Greenberg said in presenting the results yesterday.
Quite frankly, you should be cynical of the political process (non-process) as it is right now. But being cynical and doing something about it and being cynical and disengaging are two separate issues.
A key reason, Greenberg asserted, is that Rhode Island has had few women elected to statewide office. This leaves women with the sense that their elected representatives do not have personal experience with the “kitchen-table issues” that worry women, Greenberg said.
Kitchen table issues? Women worry about a variety of issues, whether they are given the avenues to appropriately address them is a different issue.
Now this one really got me.
Additionally, women around the country tend to be less informed about politics, because they have more responsibility and less leisure time, Greenberg said. “When men get home from work, they sit down and watch the news. When women get home from work, they make dinner,” she said.
Now in the places where this maybe true, what is this about? This 1960′s attitude split between men watching the news/being engaged with the political process verses women cooking dinner/disengaged and worried about kitchen table issues.
I am finding this very hard to believe, but again I am a feminist blogger.
via Providence Journal.