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Power Struggle: Why Women Compete

Power Struggle: Why Women Compete

Allison Ford | Divine Caroline

Recently, columnist Meghan McCain wrote an essay on how the Republican Party was failing to attract young people. How did conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham respond? By sarcastically deriding her as “plus-sized.” Ouch.

And these are two women who are supposed to be on the same side! We’re taught that women should stand together in solidarity, so it was more than a little shocking for a respected pundit like Ingraham to respond to McCain’s essay by crudely mocking her weight.

Sometimes it seems like women just can’t win. We’re expected to be nurturing, maternal, docile, and sacrificing, no matter what injustices or insults are thrown at us. Women are discouraged from being ruthless and competitive, but there’s also the stereotype of the bloodthirsty woman screeching and clawing her way to the top, backstabbing any other female who gets in her way. How can these two stereotypes coexist? If women are supposed to be the kinder, gentler sex, then why do we compete so viciously with each other?

Fighting for Scraps
No matter how much progress we’ve made in the past fifty years, the truth is that women are still very much unequal to men in our society. Women might comprise half of the population, but we hold far less than half the power. We earn less money, shoulder most of the burdens of children and family, and are subjected to beauty standards that we can’t live up to. When there’s only room in the world for a select few powerful women, then we have to squabble and fight for these few scraps, and sadly, we don’t compete with men for these leftovers—we compete with other women. Women are always on the lookout for someone who might usurp their place in life—someone smarter, younger, or prettier—and when we come across another woman that makes us feel threatened, even if she’s really a friend, a jealous “I want what you have” mentality takes over.

It’s easy to imagine why an older, established personality like Laura Ingraham would pounce on a relative newcomer like Meghan McCain. To Ingraham, McCain is young, hip, pretty, and relevant. It’s the same reason that the high school homecoming queen might spread dirty rumors about her closest competitor—to protect her position as top dog. Even the women with some power are keenly aware that their hold is tenuous and they tend to exert what authority they have over people who have even less. The wealthy society matron may be beholden to her husband, so she takes out her aggression on her housekeeper.

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    cdb333

    almost 3 years ago

    2 comments

    The conflict between Laura Ingraham and Megan McCain is political, not competitive. Ingraham is a conservative (favoring liberty, free market economy, the Constitution, and limited govt), while McCain is a progressive (favoring big govt and the taxes that go along with them--except for the wealthy who use tax loops to reduce their tax burden, govt interference in business, collective over the individual). The question that begs to be asked is why progressive women hate Sarah Palin. Palin has it all--career, loving husband, strong family, looks, personality, smarts--yet liberal women hate her. Why?

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    xxm1987

    about 3 years ago

    4 comments

    As Levi Strauss Company's website put it, not the miners to wear cheap jeans were not previously made of coarse cloth trousers, the latest is that it is the first use of the metal button on the jeans. This is seen in the world today, people are the real cheap jeans for men oh. But the first batch of workers in the sewing strong and popular in the pants, was named the "tight denim waist overalls," because really called "jeans" is a matter after 1960. Migrant workers were particularly fond of this generation of people call it. No one knows the first, "tight denim waist overalls" is sewing day out, and the day to sell, as occurred in San Francisco in 1906 a major earthquake, the company lost all of history file. It is certainly only buy cheap jeans day in 1873. 130 years ago. Levi Strauss did not live to his company to recover from the earthquake the great efforts made during the earthquake a few years before he died. Davis did not live to that time, many years before he took the cheap jeans for women company to sell a stake. If you see more of the company's history, then it is not difficult to find now popular 501 model, produced in 1873 a continuation of the first pair of jeans. There was variety in the market, jeans style, but no one style can be like this brand so popular. Over time in the company after the expiration of the patent period, there were many companies, but also for the cheap jeans online of this fabric pants. There are tens of thousands of the world such factory overalls, and wearing the pants more and more people. Especially movie stars and singers who wore it on many occasions after that everyone seemed to wear jeans have become a uniform. It is no exaggeration to say: men and women wear, which the family wardrobe a few pieces of denim clothing is not? This shows the extent of its popularity.

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    brookmole

    over 3 years ago

    18 comments

    I am curious as to why these women look like prostitutes in a catfight.

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    dwgray613

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Good info but would love to know more about how to navigate these challenges in the workplace. That is the question...

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    almost 4 years ago

    42 comments

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    janicecollins8

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This is an interesting article all about women competition.I came to know certain new points with this article.You have well written about beauty for women and yes most of women interested in opinions of other women than men.

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    SarahMedicalAsst

    almost 4 years ago

    4 comments

    So true!

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