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  •  It's about power as much as anything (2+ / 0-)
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    Susan from 29, Silverleaf

    Women have traditionally held less power then men - and the world of business is all about power. Women get paid less, get promoted less often, and seldom rise as high. The joke is that such organizations where men dominate often suffer from testosterone poisoning.

    For a book which complements this discussion, Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment uses the power of fantasy to consider what happens when a woman takes steps to defy traditional roles.

    Lois McMaster Bujold's A Civil Campaign - a comedy of Manners and Biology - turns on the struggles of a group of strong, talented smart women in a patriarchal society which is still working out how technology changes things. (It's also a story of how the men who would love them try to cope.) Here's a link to a few quotes from the book - the last one seems to fit, with the observation that women are often treated as over-sized children:

    “There's something to that in both directions," said Ekaterin mildly. "Nothing is more guaranteed to make one start acting like a child than to be treated like one. It's so infuriating. It took me the longest time to figure out how to stop falling into that trap."
    "Yes, exactly," said Kareen eagerly. "You understand! So—how did you make them stop?"
    "You can't make them—whoever your particular them is—do anything, really," said Ekaterin slowly. "Adulthood isn't an award they'll give you for being a good child. You can waste . . . years, trying to get someone to give that respect to you, as though it were a sort of promotion or raise in pay. If only you do enough, if only you are good enough. No. You have to just . . . take it. Give it to yourself, I suppose. Say, I'm sorry you feel like that, and walk away. But that's hard.”
    ― Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sun May 26, 2013 at 02:31:03 PM PDT

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