The electability trap Will Americans vote for a woman? Obsessing over the question makes it less likely.
Linda Hirshman / The Washington Post
Even if women face a slight penalty at the ballot box (a claim social scientists still argue about), that doesn’t answer the question of what voters should do with that information. If it is unethical to vote against a person purely because of her sex, is it any better to vote that way because other people are sexist? The problem quickly becomes self-fulfilling, especially when commentators amplify the concern.