Reading the morning paper’s comic strips can be a stress relieving. My interest in women’s comic strips resurfaced as I sorted through some magazines ready for recycling. In an issue of MS I re-discovered an article called ‘Paper Movies: Feminist cartoonists create characters that are real, raunchy—and they’ll knock your socks off’.
The battle over sex differences reaps little comfort for both women and men. Both women and men can think mathematically, can nurture and can get the job done. Yet most nurses, child care workers, and caregivers of the elderly are female, while most truck drivers, engineers and world leaders are men. Of course there are exceptions and yet we socially, politically and economically want a better representation.
What if the world celebrated the gifts and resources of both men and women?
Most workplaces make demands of women to develop their masculine side in male-developed hierarchies. They are expected to think logically, set goals and participate in competitive situations. Deborah Tannen, a linguistics specialist and author of You Just Don’t Understand, examined the differing conversational styles of men and women. Here are some of her conclusions: [Read more…]