Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Women and Power

For a continuation of our dialogue on the differences between women and men in their use of power, check out one man's perspective in Give Women Guns by Randy Cohen from last week's NY Times. 

Also check out Men have messed up. Let women sort it out by Gillian Wilmot from Financial Times, and Do women make better managers? by Joanna L. Krotz.

It seems these concepts are part of a larger Zeitgeist.
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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Excellent, thank you!

-JT

Frank said...

Women are much smarter than men. They use their power and financial resources to help others. Women know how to increase wealth. Men should give their paychecks to their wives so that they are in charge of household investing and spending. A man should obtain permission from his wife to purchase anything over his weekly allowance.

Blanche Black said...

I agree w you, Frank. Evidence the world over supports this. Matriarchies where women control money, in solidarity with each other, for the entire society have a better quality of life for all...

Frank said...

Ms. Christina, in a matriarchy, would two parent marriages and families still exist? Besides being female-led with the woman controlling the finances, designating the man's chores/responsibilities and disciplining as necessary, do you see any other changes in female/male relationships?

Respectfully yours,

Frank

Frank said...

Ms. Christina, it seems to me that any attractive woman could make her man behave the way she wants. All she has to do is deny him sexual gratification. It wouldn't be long before he is on his knees begging forgiveness and offering to do anything for her. She just has to tell him that she is the leader in the relationship and he must obey her.

Blanche Black said...

Well, I have seen my fair share of men begging for sure. So it works with men who are already emotionally attached in a relationship. However, the only way to ensure the compliance of men who are not emotionally attached yet is for women to deny their men sexual gratification collectively. This kind of collective stand among women only seems to happen in societies when women are the "primary solidarity group", to reference Peggy Sanday. It may seem hard to imagine for young women in our culture, but there are cultures where women get their validation, money, and social power from being part of a collective of women, not men. In those cultural situations, women's social inclusion with other women is so strong that they are much more emotionally independent from men and act collectively to prevent male domination.

Frank said...

I have no doubt that you have had many men on theIr knees before you, Ms. Christina to show them who the boss is or just for your amusement. I'm not just talking about preventing male domination, Ms. Christina. I wonder if the U.S. will ever become a matriarchy where intellectually, socially, and emotionally superior women rule families, government, and business. A society where women control money and resources and direct the activities of men. A peaceful and prosperous society. Unfortunately, it seems like a long way off. I'm sure that your blog has taught many women and men the benefits of a female led society. I wish there were more women who are as confident and aware as you. You know that women are superior to men and have authority over men. You know how to make men want to serve you. You teach men why it is in their best interests to serve and obey women. I wish I had half your intelligence and self-discipline, Ms. Christina. Every time I read your blog, I am amazed at your insight. Your logic is impossible to refute.