I rarely ever get political here…
And truth is, while this post references the recent inanity going on in Washington, D.C., it’s not about politics. It’s about how men often operate in very different ways than women when under pressure, under the public eye and in the presence of women. And how the difference may do a huge disservice not only to them, but to the people they strive to serve.
Here’s a fascinating exchange from yesterday’s NPR Morning Edition:
VEDANTAM: Well, we often think that the people who sit around the table, all they’re bringing to the table are their political views, their ideologies, their party loyalties and so on. But they’re also guys. I mean literally the people who sit around a lot of these negotiating tables are guys. The sex ratio of the people in a given place plays a huge role in how those people behave and how they negotiate with one another.
Mr. VLADAS GRISKEVICIUS (Psychologist, University of Minnesota): Any places where there are more men than women, the men are becoming more aggressive with each other and they’re competing with each other to attract women.
VEDANTAM: We’re not suggesting that Barack Obama and John Boehner are trying to catch Nancy Pelosi’s eye. But what Griskevicius has found is that … In experiments, when men feel there are lots of other men around, they tend to pose more, they tend to talk tough, they become shortsighted, they take bigger bets. Any of that sound familiar?
Now, can anyone tell me the percentage of men in the U.S. Congress?
Congress is 83% DUDES! THAT’S not a good thing.
Really makes me wonder how business and government and life might be different with more women in positions of governance and leadership.
Curious, what’s your experience/thoughts around this?
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