New Feminized Majority: How Democrats Can Change America with Women's Values

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  • Copyright: 2008-04-30
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Building beyond Lakoff's election-year best-seller, Don't Think of an Elephant, this new book shows how the values of American voters are dramatically shifting. With the arrival of the 2008 election year, a rising feminized majority-made up of both women and men-is emerging as the pivotal force in American politics. Emerging trends show these values are broadly progressive and address not just the needs of women but the general interests of society. Though they are held by women substantially more than men, these have become the values held by a majority of all voters, including millions of men. Like earlier periods in American history, such as the New Deal era, the rise of the feminized majority today presents an opportunity for the Democrats to become the governing party for decades to come. Looking beyond the 2008 election, Adam and Derber describe a new political strategy that targets the feminized base and opens up a window for major social justice movements to make progressive change. Like Lakoff's, this striking new book-perfectly timed for the 2008 election year-offers a new vocabulary for every citizen who wants to understand (and reimagine) American politics. It will intrigue and provoke readers, stirring up new conversations among progressives and new insights for every citizen interested in politics, morality, religion, values, and social justice. See the YouTube video featuring The New Feminized Majorityat: http://www.youtube.com Read the American Chroniclereview by Jim Melvin at: http://www.americanchronicle.com

Author Biography

Charles Derber, a noted social critic, is Professor of Sociology at Boston College.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Democrats Have Values, Toop. 1
Mars versus Venusp. 15
Naming Feminized and Masculinized Valuesp. 18
America's Masculinized Historyp. 24
Puritans, Founding Fathers, Frontiersmen, and Robber Baronsp. 25
Manifest Destiny, Conquest, and Empirep. 35
The Rise of the Feminized Majorityp. 41
The 1960s, the 1980s Backlash, and the Current Feminizing Forcesp. 41
Corporatization and Economic Insecurityp. 46
Failed Wars, Declining Hegemony, and Feminizationp. 48
U.S. Hegemonic Decline and the Feminization of Americap. 52
Social Movements and the Feminization of Americap. 56
Women's Values and a New Americap. 60
The Gender Gapp. 61
Toward a Feminized Majorityp. 65
Sex, Class, and Valuesp. 76
The Origins of Feminized Valuesp. 77
Why Women's Values Are Not Capitalist Valuesp. 79
Feminized Values and Class Politicsp. 83
The Feminized Path to Race and Class Valuesp. 87
Feminized or Feminist?p. 89
Gender, Class, and the Feminized Majorityp. 92
Values Voters, Self-Interest, and a Feminized Democratic Strategyp. 95
How Democrats Can Winp. 99
Toward Feminized Populismp. 104
Three Steps for Victory in 2008 and Beyondp. 105
Beyond Corporate Democratsp. 110
Corporate Regimes and Gendered Valuesp. 111
A Brief History of the Democratic Party in Corporate and Noncorporate U.S. Regimesp. 112
The Third Corporate Regime and the New Corporatized Democratsp. 115
The Dean Campaign and the Beginnings of a Feminized Democratic Strategyp. 119
Democrats, Moms, and the New Politics of Feminized Valuesp. 124
Attracting Menp. 127
Men, Alpha-Male Symbols, and a Feminized Democratic Platformp. 128
Militarism: The Largest Chasm Between Masculinized and Feminized Votersp. 133
Edwards, Obama, Kucinich, and Feminized Male Couragep. 138
John Edwards, Barack Obama, and Dennis Kucinich: Feminized Males?p. 140
Hillary Clinton and the Hope of a Feminized Futurep. 157
Village Clintonp. 160
Hegemonic Clintonp. 164
Corporate Clintonp. 168
Conclusion: The Victory Partyp. 175
Notesp. 182
Indexp. 198
About the Authorsp. 202
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