This article from the Boston Globe discusses racial and gender stereotypes and how they may be playing into the ongoing primary elections in the US. Citing various pieces of psychological research, it describes how gender stereotypes are apparently fairly entrenched, while those based on race shift more easily depending on the context. (Good news for Obama, bad news for Clinton.) Evidently there is something about people’s ideas of womanhood that often makes it hard for women to be seen as both strong (assertive, competitive, smart, a good leader) and likable. This brings up an interesting feature of sexual stereotypes: many of them are not negative in the way that racial stereotypes are. After all, what’s wrong with being kind and gentle? Unfortunately, however, the pedestal that “nice” women are sometimes placed on is not a seat of power.