Friday, August 05, 2005

Women in the White House?


La Shawn Barber has a new post which is causing quite a stir . . .

Rice for President: One of my advertisers is a group called Americans For Rice, and I've been asked by several people where I stand on the Condi-for-president meme. I wouldn't vote for Condoleezza Rice for president of the United States. First, I don't think women generally have the sensibilities to run the country. Before you jump all over me, it's important that you know I don't care what you think. You're reading this blog, so you obviously care what I think, so there it is.

And while lots of folks are taking her to task, I have to say, I agree with her. She did, after all, say "I don't think women generally have the sensibilities to run the country" and I think "generally" is key in this instance.

In a previous post I alluded to the differences between right brain, left brain thinking. And by and large, women tend more to the right brain than the left. But speaking as one who is a little more left brain than right, I guarantee that I'm not equipped with the sensibilities to run this nation. I think that were we to have a woman as president, she would have to be extraordinarily gifted with skills of analysis and logical thinking that even few men are given. As the old saying goes, "Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good." Of course, the second part of that saying is "Luckily, this is not difficult" but in reality, a woman who is able to do some things twice as well as a man will be castigated as cold, unfeeling, and ruthless. Just look at Martha Stewart.

But I digress. The truth of the matter is that women who are perceived as being warm and open are less likely to be perceived as competent and able to make the tough decisions that would be required to run the country. And women are notoriously difficult to work for. How do I know? I've worked for a number of them in the past - and without exception, they were whiny, temperamental, and irrational. I got along with them well as I understood, being a woman, their feelings - but I'd rather work for a man any day!

And there are my .03 cents - adjusted for inflation!

Update And here, also from La Shawn, is another example of why I believe there are troubles with women in power . . . The Culture is so Degraded

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