In a play, Trump and Hillary are flipped across the gender divide
As a result, new details become evident
As reported by Amer Athey in a Camput Reform 9 March 2017 article,
“An experiment designed to reveal gender bias by reenacting the presidential debates with the candidates’ genders reversed found that Hillary Clinton would have been even less likeable as a man.
Maria Guadalupe and Joe Salvatore, two professors at New York University, planned to demonstrate the alleged gender bias Clinton faced in the 2016 election by acting out the presidential debates with Trump as a woman and Hillary as a man, reports NYU News.
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.
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.
To isolate the gender variable to the greatest extent possible, the actors portraying the candidates sought to emulate their debate performances exactly, down to gestures and intonation, though it was necessary in some instances to tweak the language to reflect the gender reversal.”
‘We both thought that the inversion would confirm our liberal assumption—that no one would have accepted Trump’s behavior from a woman, and that the male Clinton would seem like the much stronger candidate,’ Salvatore explained. ‘But we kept checking in with each other and realized that this disruption—a major change in perception—was happening. I had an unsettled feeling the whole way through.’
Salvatore also related that several audience members felt they finally understood how Trump won after watching the gender-swapped debate.”
(Read more at Campus Reform)
This play tested people’s reactions to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — with their genders swapped: https://t.co/Jn1YxiMfdK pic.twitter.com/A4rqvTgMZg
— SpeedReads (@SpeedReads) March 9, 2017
Not so fast. Let’s run the experiment again. But this time give her the voice of the guy in “Saw.”https://t.co/qetNqezXWy
— Reason Burger (@ReasonBurger) March 9, 2017