Unfortunately in my first year I'm dimly aware that I first voted for my re-app, then against the people offering cheaper beer (because I'm not that stupid), then finally for any female candidate left because I'm a girl too. Damn my stupidity!!!
But that can't be everyone's excuse, do you think the guys are just trying to keep more girls at Imperial?
It is not true that female candidates always beat male candidiates. I remember Sophie Spilard (I Hope I spelt that right) who didn't win and was been both by Jon Matthews and Steven Brown, but I'm not sure. Also Emily Line lost to Tom Roberts. However, I think it helps to be a girl but it depends what kind of girl. Having talked to female election candidates in the past some were concerned that they would lose a lot of the female vote because they were female. However, most of the male candidates claimed that men were worse off because in the voters eyes a "hot girl" was 10x as good as an "ugly old bloke".
In my humble opinion I believe depends on the guys age and association with the union. Although I confess those possessing two X chromosomes are at a significant advantage.
its just a popularity contest of how many people you know on campus, and how involved you are in union stuff already. also the photograph in the felix plays an important role. nothing else was a factor in making my decision. comon do u expect every voter to read the felix word for word and make their decison off that, dats crazy.