• Wed, Aug 8 2012

Bullish Life: Towards a Monstrous Regiment of Women

I remembered what dorm room I was in when I laughed uproariously. I deduced that it was 1998. Fortunately, GodHatesFags.com has archived 365 fliers per year going back to 1991. It is possibly the most compendious hate collection IN THE WORLD. In less than 45 minutes, I had looked through 365 PDFs, to find this:

SO MUCH HAPPENING. First, Sappho did not rule Lesbos. She was a poet. Poets have never ruled anything.

“Perversion” is not actually a very good way to obtain real power in society (see: Anthony Weiner). There’s also some strange conflation of being “corpulent” and “homely” with being a whore. (ALL THE THINGS I DON’T LIKE ABOUT WOMEN ARE ONE THING OKTHANKS.)

And then, the Whore of Babylon is pulling the strings on … lady judges and lawyers! Are those lady firefighters and soldiers? (DRAW BETTER PLEASE.) The electrical worker on the post? Is he/she someone you’d want to operate like a marionette puppet in order to rule society? Really?

And then finally, in handwritten letters – written in the sky above Topeka, natch – “They Castrate Weak Men.”

Well, at least now we can see what someone’s worried about.

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  • zanbrody

    I have so many thoughts about this article, I don’t think I can even articulate one particularly well.

    More and more I am realizing that my thoughts on feminism and women in business vs. men in business are going to remain ever fluid.

    I feel like instead of forming set opinions, I’m currently most interested in examining the lives of women I admire and trying to dissect what it is about them that I’m drawn to hold in high regard.

    So, thank you–here is another article full of women to appreciate/contemplate!!

  • Susan

    Agreed with everything you said, Jen. My trepidation about all-women MBA programs is the worry that it will reinforce the stereotype that women are not at all interested in making money and instead want to focus on social issues and aren’t interested in competing with men. I worry that this will be the end result even though the thought is a good one.

  • sexist

    You say, this female billionaire is quirky in a way JUST LIKE MALE billionaires are, but that she demonstrates that you don’t have to run your career like a man. You say you don’t think women are morally better, but that effectively women who choose to only interact with women are.
    Don’t get me wrong. I think you are making a good point. I hope it won’t put me in the “dick-typing” category when I point out, that I wouldn’t know of any possibility to have a purely male MBA, which seems oddly unbalanced. But what I’m actually trying to point out is, that even negating clichés, you (or I for that matter) can’t help but remain in the framework of this particular bias. As long as we need to have special female MBAs, we’re not even close to where we should be. “Separate but equal” has never really done the trick, it seems.

    • a woman

      to sexist–
      I think part of the point here is that MBAs started out as degrees for males only. The point of the program Jen mentioned is no different than that of a women’s undergraduate college–part of which is to give young women the opportunity to learn while surrounded by positive female role models. In considering the fact that higher education has a history of excluding women, it becomes apparent that the point of such schools/programs is not to exclude men, rather to encourage women in fields and professions that are historically male-dominated. The hope is that these women will then join the professional world better off for their unique educational experience and be well-situated to succeed at their jobs. When enough time has passed that women holding high positions in these fields is commonplace and inequalities (such as gender-based salary discrepancies) no longer pose a problem, then these programs may no longer be needed. Until then, please do not criticize women’s education programs simply because of the seeming “unbalance” that the boy’s club isn’t still the boy’s club.

  • Tania

    I’m currently in business school, and I do think an all-woman MBA isn’t a bad thing. I think the reason it’s different than an all-man MBA program is that in our culture, unless you live under a rock in the literal sense you still get extremely gendered messages everywhere. On TV, in music, in movies – you’re still getting shades of male dominance. Whereas a dude in an all-male MBA program would be getting all those same messages from media without any female presence at school to mitigate the bro-messages.

    I mean, there is a reason that frat boys have that reputation for being, well, frat boys – the immersion in an all-male culture can bring out the worst in a lot of guys, even those who didn’t start out as wearers of Axe body spray.