Headlines were made last week when the results of an experiment by two New York University professors went viral. The study was designed to demonstrate gender bias by reenacting the 2016 presidential debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, except the gender for each was reversed. In other words, a woman recited the statements of Trump and a male reenacted Hillary Clinton’s original comments made during the debates.
The goal of the ‘Her Opponent’ project was to prove that people would not have accepted Trump’s aggressive behavior had it come from a woman, and that Hillary’s debate style would be much more likable if she were a man.
Ironically, the exact opposite happened.
The professors and audiences of the mock debates, however, were ‘unsettled’ to discover that the opposite was true – Trump became more likable as a woman and Hillary became even less likable as a man.
At last. Although it took a scientific observation to remove the prejudice against Trump’s gender, these people could FINALLY see what the tolerant, open-minded “Deplorable” voters saw all along.
Reading about this experiment inspired me to consider other ways by which conceptual bridges might be built to span the ever-growing ideological gulf now separating America’s blue state people from her red state citizens. The following is my proposed plan of action:
Neo in the Matrix – Blue Pill, Red Pill
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