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February 04, 2009

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emma

"If men don't run things, there is no Hitler. There is no Mussolini... Wouldn't that be a safer and happier world?"
not sure about this argument. just because there have been more terrible male leaders than women, it doesn't automatically follow that women make better leaders. women simply haven't had the same opportunity to be leaders at all, terrible or otherwise. we can't say that certain women in those men's position wouldn't have behaved just as badly.
not having had the chance to be a bad leader doesn't make you a good one by default.

Karyn Romeis

I started adding my comment to this, but it grew like Topsy, so I have created a post on my blog instead. Long story short: I disagree with the sweeping generalisation approach... even as a woman!

Cristina Costa

If men don't run things...then it would obviously have to be the women... but wouldn't that create unbalance all the same? And I'm with Emma...'not having been a leader, doesn't make you a good one by default.'
Only when you are there, and able to act, will we know.
I believe in balance and in the need for a change at many different levels of the society...
Adapting M L king's thought: what I would like to see is that people are not judged by their gender, race, status, etc, but rather by the content of their character!
We need balance. The world is made up of men and women, so why can't we co-exist in harmony? Why is there a need for one of the two to be dominant?

gregorylent

margaret meade, "if the armies of the world were made up of women, we would see the most ferocious wars in the history of the world"

Geoff

Umm what about Boadicea http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boudica

dirigible

"When men are in power, the difference between rape and seduction is only a question of salesmanship."

Speak for yourself.

Strawbs

If women were never allowed to be leaders, we wouldn't have had Thatcher...

Balance is the key thing, not single gender dominance. Whilst large groups of men tend towards high-testerone and willy-waving, large groups of women tend towards back-stabbing and bitchiness.

In this case, it's really not about gender, it's about systems that allow the right sort of people (fair, ethical, inclusive, intelligent, humble) to become leaders, rather than just promoting the loud-mouthed and cocky.

Sheryl Breuker

If the title weren't so provocative...I may not have found you. Except for Euan. :)

Ok, so here's some food for thought, and I certainly don't want to argue your points, because I agree with them...mostly.

Men have botched many things. I also think in many places women are still considered second class citizens - online, in various levels of technology, politically et al.

I'd just like to comment to a culture that has changed in many ways, because todays future women play on a playground that is vastly different than the one I grew up on. It is mean, back biting, physically agressive and not a very nice place to be. The idea that if women had power and men had not, the world would be a different place is tantamount to saying that all things men have done are invaluable. This is simply not the case, and further it keeps us separating ourselves from each other in unhealthy ways.

I think as others have claimed it's not so much about which sex runs things as whether we can find a balance that places only the most suitable candidate in said position.

This is a bigger issue than our world will see resolved. As long as we compare apples to oranges we will have trouble understanding that what is best for our world is that we find a way to live harmoniously.

cheese

Don't get me wrong: personally I wish there were more women in power. However, the argument in the original post is redundant because it's absurd to claim women would be more effective in power purely on the grounds that some men have done a bad job of it. If one thing fails that does not prove the alternative is preferable.

Surely, in the absence of objective proof as to wehter men or women would be better in power, experience should tell us that a balance of male and female influence is necessary for a properly functioning society.

mtwyogal

I think the people who have posted here are missing the author's point. Men are generally more agressive, and have pushed humanity to the brink of annihalation via weaponry and war. How many women despots have there been? Not many, and not just because they haven't been given a chance...that would never have stopped a Hitler or a Napoleon in seek of power. Women don't seek power as often as men, and that's exactly what WOULD make them generally better leaders.

The most destructive forces on earth were created by men: religion, war, and weapons. Think about it. Until there is a balance of power between men and women, we will continue on our present path, that is a testosterone-fueled race car headed for a cliff.

Oaxaca

My sentiments exactly. Thank you for your comment.

shook

Wow. Its not about if the persons a male or female in power. It should be about a single human beings characteristics. Our leaders need to be the true good people in this world, men or women. They both have their flaws but you cant be biassed

shook

A man also created earth. Women can be just as aggressive as men. It all depends on the single person. Everyones different. What would a women do when 9/11 occurred?

Serpentor

This article was written for the sole purpose of the writer getting feminist on his c@ck. Nothing more. He's a fraud, an idiot, and way too blatant. Anyone that takes this page with an ounce of seriousness without clearly seeing the manipulative and hidden motivation in it, should go back to school or the sheep herder, whichever is quicker.

annette_rowland1972@yahoo.co.uk

I thought it was funny when you mentioned men do alot of willy waving with their testerone. I can see why they win wars, seeing that in front of the enermy. Bit kinky if you ask me. haha. Men eh!. Gives something for the enermy to write home about.

We are all to blame. We all need one another. We all make mistakes. We are only human. No one is better.

Women can be horrible to one another. Just the same. bad bad women. hehe.

chaide

What do u mean a man created earth? God is not a man silly haha. And 911 wouldn't have occurred at all, if it wasn't for stupid men! I agree with Mtwyogal. But i do believe women have faults too but overall woman do less damage in the world than men.

chaide

You sound like one of those aggressive war hungry out of control men! The truth is his comments have more truth to them than anything else, and deep down u know men are failing this world.

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