||[Feb. 12th, 2004|12:04 am]
At this stage in the political arena, much of the focus has shifted from the Bush administration to the Democratic nomination. Although no women are currently in the race, it is still important to examine the role that women as a whole play in politics - both as legislators/politicians and as voters. In order to find out more about the way women are treated in politics and the importance of women's issues, we watched The Contender. The film is about a woman who is nominated for Vice President after the current VP dies. There is harsh opposition to her nomination, and the Committee hearings reflect their dislike for the candidate.|
Although the film doesn't directly address women's issues, it still highlights the different ways women are treated in politics and how important it is to stay true to your principles no matter what. Even though Joan Allen is not involved in any of the sexual scandals or affairs which she is accused of, she does not deny the actions. While you may assume that is because she is guilty, in fact, she remains indifferent in order to prove a point. If a man were in the same situation, he would not be subject to the same intense questioning or scrutiny to which she was.
Even though Joan Allen's character risks her political career by not denying the allegations, in the end she is more respected and ends up basically winning the Vice Presidency. Unfortunately not all political stories have happy endings in the real world, but the film still illustrates the opposition a woman in politics faces and the differential treatment she receives.
Based on these ideas, it is important (and interesting!) to examine female politicians - what they stand for, their backgrounds and their beliefs. Please include input, suggestions and thoughts!