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Cult of Power - Reading and Discussing Feminist Literature
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Cult of Power
Where did this month go? I apologize for not getting this entry started sooner. In my defense, I didn't realize that by suggesting a book I was also volunteering to lead discussion on it! But that's no problem...I am very passionate about the content of this book because I run into the Good Ol' Boy network everyday in my job.

So, has anyone had the chance to read this? Any opening comments to start the discussion going? :)

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skarhapsody From: skarhapsody Date: August 17th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did get a chance to read it, it was the only one that was readily available in my library.

I think she has a lot of good points, and the situation is awful, but it seemed to me that she didn't go big picture enough. She concerned herself with one case and didn't try to make any larger statements about it. When she would, they would be off to the side, when there could have been an entire chapter on "what did we learn here" stuff.

I really liked the steps of media against feminist projects. How the media slanders feminism systematically, almost. I think that would be an interesting topic to go deeper with.
angrybeaverclub From: angrybeaverclub Date: August 17th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with your "big picture" statement...this kind of behavior is rampant in every industry at the top. As long as that kind of culture exists, it will prevent women from procuring those higher positions.

Women who don't feel like they have to act like one of the boys just to break into those jobs would also help to close the wage gap, not only at the top and for themselves, but at every level of the company from a trickle down effect.

How many women either quit a job or put up with sexist behavior from their co-workers because they know that upper management is just as full of locker-room thinking as the guy/s who is/are the problem? My guess is it's a lot.
skarhapsody From: skarhapsody Date: August 17th, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, there are so many things working in the world that still assume that men are the workers, like the hours expected to work and demands of a job. It's all a very biased world. I like the comment she made about how Americans work so much, 40 hours + a week, and take no time off (I think she said this, or I connected to it) - but that's not conducive to having a life, having children, or having relationships out of work. I think one thing that makes humans great is multiplicity in roles, something that women have had to do for centuries (mother, wife, matriarch) while men have had that one role.

I'd love to see the workplace adapt and become a better place for everyone. I think there's something seriously wrong with people who work so long and so much for a job or career and ignore other parts of their lives. It's phallocentric, it's dangerous, and it's a requirement to get ahead and past the glass ceiling. Act this way, do this, you can be in our club - if you're different we don't like you. That's not supporting any sort of individuality.

What did you think of the book?
angrybeaverclub From: angrybeaverclub Date: August 17th, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I identified with the story completely, which is what kept me reading it. I'm an account exec at a national health care firm, and when I travel for business, I am constantly forced to interact with these kind of men. Most business deals are made on the golf course, at private meetings, or even at strip clubs, and anyone who doesn't believe it is living in blissful ignorance.

I think that because it was such blatant misogyny, she focused heavily on this story to make a point. Other, less shocking behaviors contribute to this culture, as well, but don't grab peoples' attention like this one.
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