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Old 12-04-2011, 11:26 PM
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Default Re: Sex and the Eurozone (Daniel Drezner & Megan McArdle)

Originally Posted by Ocean View Post
If the person in charge is a man, usually people take it pretty much for granted that everyone has to follow his rules. On the other hand, if it is a woman, there's often or almost always a certain level of challenge by some.
Really? I mean aren't there many situations where the person in charge is questioned or sabotaged or disrespected, be it a man or a woman?

If the man in charge gets fed up or frustrated because a task isn't coming along as expected, an open display of his irritation may work as a call to duty for others. A woman in charge on the other hand, may encounter protests and objections and of course, the feedback of being bitchy or authoritarian, or whathaveyou.
All of these 'mays'. It could just as easily go the other way, no?

If the woman due to a more subdued character tries to stimulate cooperation in a gentle non-authoritarian manner, it's a message that she has no leadership skills and many will take advantage of the situation and try to get away with their own ways of doing things.
Always? I'd imagine that if she is ineffective in the way you describe she really doesn't have leadership skills and shouldn't be in the job she holds.

Fortunately, these stereotypical responses aren't always present, and sometimes they are only present at the beginning until people settle and accept female authority without resentment.
What stereotypical responses? That people don't follow people who don't have leadership skills? I'd imagine that would continue regardless of whether people settle or not.

In the situation of speaking up in classes or meetings, it's interesting how women may patiently wait for their turn to speak, but men tend to interrupt each other in some kind of pace that seems to work well for them. But if a woman tries to do the same, it isn't uncommon that they will be ignored or even resented.
I'm sure you will be shocked to know that I never wait patiently. If I am paying for a class or spending my time to participate in a meeting I would never let someone over-ride me. I think women who complain after they let people roll over them are silly.
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