the crone

opening the door to ideas

Apprentice fever has hit our house again.

I hate it (well, I love to hate it).

It’s a guilty pleasure. Jeering at the candidates’ mistakes that all seem so obvious from the safety of your sofa, arguing with Lord Sugarpuff’s boardroom decisions and deriding the outrageously scripted puns.

But once again what strikes me is how horribly uncooperative the women are when they have to work together.

It’s perplexing and also disturbing to watch how undermining they are, and how useless they are at backing each other up.

The men are as you’d expect — swinging cocks, jockeying for the Alpha Male position.

Hear me ROAR

Hear me ROAR

But they often gel as a go-getting team.

Watching the series this time with my daughter — who is on the brink of taking her options at school, wondering what to do with her life — I was a bit embarrassed at how rubbish the women are.

What does this look like through her eyes?

I know it’s only a game show, produced to create TV ratings, but watching the catty ripostes and lack of support amongst the women’s team reminded me of my own experiences working in a male-dominated business.

Women are not very kind to each other in business.

This is interesting from Quora Why don’t women support each other?

The third commentator down the list has nailed it, I think.

Hopefully things are changing. I’ve met some inspiring and influential women through my own business lately.

Be a wonderful woman

Be a wonderful woman

2 thoughts on “Meow!

  1. Stacy Moore says:

    When I was in academia I (mostly) felt like women were supportive of each other. That probably wasn’t because we were inherently virtuous, though–more because the college/university structure wasn’t directly competitive (or cooperative). (Which supports your third commentator’s point.)

    Having sunk to the bottom of the totem pole since then, I’m more aware of the differences between bosses than co-workers. Both male and female supervisors have been supportive around work load, etc., but the men have been more likely to shield me from outside malice. That’s probably a leftover of patriarchal etc., but still–the men I’ve worked for have been more sensitive to power, more aware of their own, and more likely to use it actively to protect those at the bottom. (Of course, that could totally go the other way. I’ve been lucky to work for uncommonly good people.)

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    1. jacqueline S says:

      That sounds positive Stacy, and yes, many men have been supportive of me throughout a career in an industry dominated by males. A female in power can be a wonderful thing, but I’ve worked alongside some restrictive, threatening and bullying women. As a manager myself back in the day I hope I was more balanced to staff, regardless of sex.

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