I've been thinking about how there hasn't been much talk about Hillary Clinton becoming the first woman president. In contrast, there was a ton written about Barack Obama becoming the first black president and even talk about a post-racial society. Below is a quick sampling of article titles that appeared today when I googled "Obama post racial society." Click on article title if you want to see the article.
Obama: "My election did not create a post-racial society"
Obama's post-racial promise
There Is No Post-Racial America
A New, 'Post-Racial' Political Era in America
The fallacy of a ‘post-racial’ society
Half of America Thinks We Live in a Post-Racial Society — The Other Half, Not So Much
The Obama Era: A Post-racial Society?
Obama’s election was supposed to usher in a new post-racial era. Why has racist expression grown more vicious than any time since the 1960s?
Obama a marker on post-racial path
Youth and the Myth of a Post-Racial Society Under Barack Obama
There are many more results. Many a thinkpiece has been written about a so-called post-racial society. As you can tell by the article titles, many of the pieces bat away the idea of a post-racial society. Still, it's notable how many writers contemplated the idea of a post-racial society.
I also googled "Hillary Clinton post gender society" today, thinking I might not even come across the phrase post-gender in any articles. A few headlines do include the phrase. Other articles that come up in the search don't have the phrase in the article title. Some examples:
Could a Clinton presidency unleash a post-gender society? Not a chance.
Hillary's Big Moment: Are We Post-Gender? (Written in 2008)
No post-gender society
Can Hillary Clinton change gender roles in politics? (Interesting article. This sentence stands out: "Paradoxically, electing a woman president for the US will not advance women's rights around the globe.")
A lot of young men seem to think we’re already living in a post-sexist America
In Hillary Clinton’s run, the ‘woman card’ works in surprising ways. Here’s how.
This isn't in-depth content analysis, as you can see. I'm just a staff of one over here. Just me, myself, and Google. Merely curious about whether people are seriously engaging with the idea of a post-gender society. It looks to me like people aren't going out of their way to predict a post-gender society. If people were once in a rush to declare a post-racial society (and now here we are with most observers rejecting the notion), perhaps we're in a more cautious era with people less willing to forecast a major transformation in society. Calling society post-race or post-gender or post-class may be little more than a contrarian viewpoint, at this point in time.