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This adapted from is an old post from my blog, that I consider an “oldie but goodie” to give you guys a little content while I handle some personal matters. I hope you enjoy it.
Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment deals with apportionment. It says, in full:
Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.
This provision has long been denounced by feminists because it was the first time the word “male” was inserted into the constitution. However, there is good reason to believe that Section Two of the 14th Amendment was designed to advance a feminist purpose.
It’s given away when you look at how it might have functioned. In truth, Section 2 never went into effect. They literally never applied it, in large part because the Fifteenth Amendment mooted it two years later. But if you think about how it operates, you start to see something very curious: it creates an incentive for racist white men to allow white women to vote.