We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Just one more example of a woman who was given a ride to the top on the express elevator. The problem is that those od "plateaus" were there for a reason: to acquire skills, to be judged as to psychological qualifications, etc.
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We women can be each other's worst enemies. I know nothing about the astronaut case except the woman's haunted picture. Without excusing weird, threatening behavior, it seems to me that she is very sick. Love is just a hair's breadth away from insanity, anyway. As I think Bird Dog has reminded us (?) if all of us acted on our feelings we would be in jail.
I have never attacked a romantic rival, but I have certainly obsessed over somebody out of reach. Most of us have, if we are honest. Don't swat me for being preachy. but remember Jesus' words about first remove the mote that is in thine own eye.
Also, it was my experience in my profession (a "man's" one) that men were far readier to accept or condemn me based on my actual performance on the job. Women were far likelier to say out of hand "a woman can't do that!"
I am absolutely with you, Apple Pie, in some of your posts outraged at the underqualified getting positions based on quotas, preferences, affirmative action, etc. And perhaps this woman, too, was not qualified for the job she got and predictably crumpled and became a menace under stress. But perhaps she was perfectly qualified, and it was just a combination of love, emotional vulnerability and original sin that got her.
Don't get me wrong. As I tell my kids: if you ever menace or hurt anyone, I won't pay for your lawyer, and you go to jail.
The thing is, with a kid considering the services, I would hate to think that people automatically assume that any promotion of hers would be based on her gender not her abilities....
I agree with everything you have said in this morning's post! It is just that I have been on the inside of the "leading edge" in academia for so long now. The network of women, who have taken over the battle to get women into an equitable position, has been distorted by a far more terrifying group than you or I, or any of us independent gals could have imagined 20 years ago. For your reference I ask you to look at the events in the Episcopal Church USA. It is not just about ordaining homosexuals; it is primarily about women who have been put into leadership roles without the background of experience, and without the training necessary to lead without vengence.
I think you would find a book titled "Odd Girl OUt" very helpful. It is a particularly important read for anyone raising daughters, or for those considering a female candidate for leadership and the necessary qualifications that requires. I think I have mentioned before that there are numerous schools now which offer "meeting management" classes. These classes are available only to young women, who are undergraduates. They are not meant to teach critical thinking, or to share decision making (as they pretend) these courses teach one strategy only: how to take control of the meeting and force it to go your way. These courses are not available to young men.
You two ladies are the tops! Smart,eloquent,erudite,seductively intelligent. It would be a pleasure to know you both and I am sure the people that do count themselves lucky even if they don't voice it.
Ok so here's the plan ... Carmel, Ca... room # 501 of the Hôtel des mauvais garçons et filles. They have wonderful crepes and shuffleboard, and a message therapist/pedicurist who made Rocky Balboa sigh with delight, and Stephanie Seymour want more.