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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 01:01 PM
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You know, I think I like this (column about our current anti-cowboy presidency)
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 01:07 PM by MorningGlow
If Bill Clinton was our first black president, as Toni Morrison once proclaimed, then Barack Obama may be our first woman president.

Phew. That was fun. Now, if you'll just keep those hatchets holstered and hear me out.

No, I'm not calling Obama a girlie president. But he may be suffering a rhetorical-testosterone deficit when it comes to dealing with crises, with which he has been richly endowed.

It isn't that he isn't "cowboy" enough, as others have suggested. Aren't we done with that? It is that his approach is feminine in a normative sense. That is, we perceive and appraise him according to cultural expectations and he's not exactly causing anxiety in Alpha-maledom.

We've come a long way gender-wise. Not so long ago, women would be censured for speaking or writing in public. But cultural expectations are stickier and sludgier than oil. Our enlightened human selves may want to eliminate gender norms but our lizard brains have a different agenda.


http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/views/os-ed...

There's a bit of waffling at the end to appease her bloodthirsty readers, however. I think a testosterone deficit is a GOOD thing. Just IMO. And it fits with the prediction that we'll be more feminine-energy-based in the future.
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