Guardian writer wonders how many husbands bullied their wives into voting conservative

For the record, this take is neither new nor original. Back in March, the Washington Post looked into yet another of Hillary Clinton’s excuses why she lost: that white women faced “ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”

That was Clinton still going on about the 2016 election, but now the 2018 midterms have come and gone, and those exit polls progressive women keep passing around showing how white women often voted Republican have given them another problem that needs fixing.

Now the Guardian’s Rebecca Solnit is running with her take on women being bullied by men into voting to keep the white male patriarchy in place, and it all starts with an anecdote in which a woman might or might not have been beaten by her husband for wrongthink:

Progressive organizer Annabel Park told the story that made me start to wonder. “I can’t stop thinking about this woman I met while doorknocking for Beto in Dallas,” Annabel wrote on social media a few days before the midterm elections.

“She lived in a sprawling low-income apartment complex. After I knocked a couple of times, she answered the door with her husband just behind her. She looked petrified and her husband looked menacing behind her. When I made my pitch about Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, her husband yelled, ‘We’re not interested.’ She looked at me and silently mouthed, ‘I support Beto.’ Before I could respond, she quickly closed the door.”

Annabel told me afterwards, “It’s been on my mind. Did she get beaten? That was my fear.”

She looked at me and silently mouthed, “I support Beto.” Of all the things that likely didn’t happen, that likely didn’t happen most of all.

The Guardian piece doesn’t mention white women in particular, so they get somewhat of a pass, seeing as the narrative is that white women screwed up the election for every Democrat who didn’t prevail — especially dreamy Beto O’Rourke.

Oh, right, separate sphere theory.

But what other possible explanation is there for women to vote for conservatives, and thus against their own best interests? What woman in a stable marriage wouldn’t trade her husband for an ever-expanding government to take care of her welfare?


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