posted on Dec, 23 2004 @ 07:44 AM
This is one of those "go on and post, men, we dare you" type threads. Still, the subject is intriguing, and I'd like to add my own two cents.
But first: Makeitso, that was some hilarious stuff, where'd you get that?
Anyway... my thoughts on women ruling the world (both figuratively and literally).
Presently, I don't fall for the whole idea of "women actually do rule the world" anymore than I fall for the idea that "all men are pigs". I
think it's unbalanced towards one side or the other in places, and in other places it's equal. The following is my personal observations, as well as
questions directed towards various women in the past. The battle of the sexes has always been a fascinating subject to me, and so please do not take
the following paragraphs as insult. Obviously there are exceptions to every rule, and the case may be different in other countries besides
If women secretly ruled the world, they wouldn't feel the need to make themselves look like some magazine pinup with anorexia and cosmetic surgery.
They wouldn't cave in to the social pressures of having to have a certain brand of clothes, or keep up with the latest style. They wouldn't let
themselves be abused by their boyfriends/husbands, and nine out of ten would-be rapists would have the snot beaten out of them. They would be able to
break wind, at the very least, in the restroom without feeling utterly humiliated in front of their peers. They wouldn't be chained to the beck and
call of their mothers, and they wouldn't force the same upon their daughters...
If women want to rule the world, they must first conquer fear. Not eliminate it, for fear is what gives us caution to avoid a bad situation, foresight
to prepare for the worst, and strength to deal with a crisis. But they do need to learn to control it. From what I can tell, a Woman's World, for the
most part, is governed by fear. Fear of not meeting the approval of the fashion police. Fear of appearing to have human bodily functions. Fear of
violence. Fear of not pleasing their mother. Fear of not looking like a supermodel. Fear of problems in a relationship. Fear of most of the animal
I believe this may be the reason that women have not taken a larger role in governing society yet. It's not that they aren't as capable, or
intelligent, or wise, or anything of the sort. It's that so much of their lives are governed by fear that it leaves little room for leadership. After
all, who could take seriously a leader who screams at the sight of a roach, or flinched when someone spoke at them harshly. Who could trust their
lives to someone who appeared more concerned with their appearance than current events? Who could trust their nation to someone prone to violent
outbursts and later blames it on PMS?
I realize that some of these remarks hit below the belt, and I apologize that they had to be said. This is not the way it should be. I don't
know enough of the history to know if men made women this way, or if women made themselves this way, or if the advertising agencies did it, or what.
But I do know this: A leader must be strong, confident, and not easily phased. Leaders must be able to assume all responsibility for the actions of
themselves and those beneath them. Leaders must, despite their own fears, have the courage to stand up for themselves. They must appear have the
Wisdom of Solomon in peacetime, and the Might of Alexander in wartime.
It doesn't stop there. As the leader of a country, the nation will constantly expect the impossible of you, and half of them at any given time will
hate you, and those that don't hate you will constantly doubt you. Your constituency will never feel like you lived up to your promises, and your
opposition will use every dirty trick in the book to make you look like the next antichrist. Your every word will be twisted into something horrible,
your every decision will be second-guessed by supposed experts, your commitment will always be in question, and the entire world will assume your
family is on the verge of collapse, and that you must be a terrible parent indeed. Your decisions, every day will send men and women to their deaths,
either directly or indirectly. For every country that you manage to make happy, two others will swear vengeance upon you. Every supposed friend you
have could be a potential spy, assassin, or perhaps just along for the ride on the power coaster. And God-forbid you ever committed one single
questionable act in your past, because it will be dragged out for the entire world to see.
And that's just on the first day of office.
It is not that I feel women aren't capable of leading a country. In point of fact, I believe women are just as capable as men, if they can conquer
the fear that rules the majority of women. Many women have already done this, and gone on to be powerful authors, artists, CEOs, members of congress,
Supreme Court justices, members of the Presidential Cabinet! I admire and respect these women with all my heart, for they have proven to the world
that women do not need to be weak nor fearful. They can manage to balance a home life and a powerful career at the same time. They command respect,
wield authority wisely, and I'd trust my country to any of them (assuming their political views met mine).
My future daughter will be one of those women. I intend to make her strong, confident, and to never cave in to the idea that she must live a life of
fear. So, in conclusion, what do I think the world would be like if women ran it? I think it'd be a fine place. But first, we must raise our women to
believe in themselves, stand tall on their own, and never give in to fear. I know my future daughter could be the first female President of the United
States, and she will be raised with the firm knowledge and belief that she can be!