A ‘feminine’ crisis? Something unique about the coronavirus may be widening the political gender gap

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May 15, 2020

A ‘feminine’ crisis? Something unique about the coronavirus may be widening the political gender gap

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By Danny Westneat,

I’ve been getting a barrage of feedback on the big bind we have facing us — which is when, and how, we should go back to normal life and work amid the continuing threat of the coronavirus.

Most of the hundreds of emailers or callers commented pro or con, which is great. There’s a subset, though, that takes the debate to a more primal level.

“Maybe you want to sit inside and cower behind your keyboard, not me,” wrote one reader. “Must be terrible to be so afraid of life and death.”

“If you are so fearful, Danny, then don’t go out, stay home and read your books,” counseled another.

“I call (Gov.) Inslee’s plan the ‘Panic in Place Order,’ ” said another. “Everyone’s following along like a flock of scared sheep.”

These writers — surprise — happened to all be men. And it turns out the testosterone approach to fighting the virus is not just a quirk of my email inbox. Two months in, one of the fascinating developments of the pandemic is that it seems to come with a pronounced, and widening, gender gap.

Click here to read the full article published by Seatles Times on 1 May 2020.

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