I've heard various comments by women over the course of the Democratic primary that led me to believe they are concerned about Sen. Barack Obama being the nominee - not because of skill or experience, but because he's a man.
Now that it appears he has the delegates, I can't help but wonder if many of the feminists - whether they say so publicly or not - see the race for president as another glass ceiling they cannot break.
Think about it, with racism and sexism as strong undertones throughout the primary, the Democrats have chosen, again, a man, even if it is a man of 'color.' The woman was not the choice despite what many would say is her longer list of relevant experiences for the job.
As a registered Republican, I don't support either of the two (and I have reservations about McCain as well), so this isn't about my personal preferences. But the Democrats are always classifying people into groups (minority, gender, sexual preference) and focusing on those identifiers in their speeches and legislation.
When faced with a competition between representatives of two such groups the results indicate, to this casual observer, that race differences are not as important as gender differences, as many chose the man over the woman. Even if there were other, legitimate, reasons for the votes cast, I have to believe this is of serious to concern to the feminists in the party who finally felt "their time" had come.
Of course, being a Republican, a casual observer and not a supporter of either candidate, I could be all wrong. But I don't think so...