Good (old and new) boys in Canadian politics
Here at the Canadian Political Science Association's annual conference in Waterloo, a couple of studies have been delivered, confirming a stereotypically male tilt to politics in this country of late. As Don Cherry would say, they're all "good boys."
Today, for instance, two UWO researchers are going to release their paper on Don Cherry as the common link between hockey, soldiers and politics. I've written about their findings in today's Star -- you can see it by clicking on the link.
I also wrote about the results of a new survey of the Canadian political blogosphere. Again, surprise -- most bloggers are male, partisan and educated.
These studies confirm what many of us, especially of the female persuasion, have been feeling anecdotally over the past few years: that politics has become more of a man's game, with a sharper focus on sports and fighting and partisan/team aggressiveness. And before anyone's back gets up, yes, I recognize that women are soldiers and hockey fans too, and are certainly capable of getting their elbows up in political battle. But the rock-em, sock-em spirit is definitely ascendant, I'd say at the expense of collaboration and the gray area in between black and white.
Lots of other insights are being churned out by the hour here at Wilfrid Laurier. I'm trying, when the Internet permits, to file some of them by Twitter, as are others. Best bet is to go to the @CPSA Twitter feed.