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Further Afield - We should let women roar
luke cameron

I have a confession to make. OK, here goes. I think women face discrimination that men do not have to face. Whew.

All right, one more. I think the world would be a better place if there were more women in positions of power. There, I said it.

Dear reader, I do not mean to say there are not great men out there. There are plenty of them. I can think of several men in Warren County whom I would trust implicitly. Levi Glenn, Wally Bigbee, Clark George, Lee Campbell, Kevin Dunlap, Bill Locke, Bill Zechman, Tim Fariss, Chris Madewell.

So, I am not anti-man.

I am simply saying that in my experience, women tend to be more even-keeled and level-headed, better decision-makers, more likely to get along with others, less arrogant, and less likely to let pride, ego, and emotion get in the way of progress. Women are also more pleasant to be around if I may say so, but that’s just me.

Women comprise 50.8% of the United States population.

There are 435 voting members in the House of Representatives. Only 118 (27.13%) are female. There are 100 Senators; only 24 are female. Of the 50 state governors, only 8 are women. Only 31% of state legislators across the country are women, and only 31% of municipal officeholders are female.

Of the 46 United States presidents, not a single one has been a woman. There have been 49 vice presidents, only one of them a woman.

I do not have any hard data on this, but my hunch is if there were more women in leadership positions, there would be more cooperation, less arguing, and less violence. This would probably hold true in any field: politics, academia, finance, business, science, technology, entertainment, medicine.

Women have to work harder and achieve more than men before they are accepted as men’s equals, and even then that acceptance is not assured. Women get passed over for jobs and promotions because of their gender, because of prejudice and negative stereotypes.

Not only do women have to work harder to succeed, they are expected to be “nice” while doing it. Men are not expected to clear that hurdle. Women also get judged and criticized based on their appearance, based on if they are attractive or not. Once again, men generally do not face that obstacle. Women receive verbal epithets specifically targeted to their gender, which is also unfortunate.

When women accuse men of sexual assault or harassment, women oftentimes are the ones who get blamed. “Well, what was she wearing?” or “What was she doing there in the first place?” are society’s responses.

All I am saying is women are men’s equals, even men’s betters. It would be great if they could be treated as such and accepted as such. Also, women are so much more pleasant to be around, like I said.

Standard contributor Luke Cameron can be reached at 473-2191.