Dominating Debates

In a certain European country, where women are always complaining that men dominate the conversation or debate in any and all social contexts, an actual empirical survey of gender and language was carried out. This study discovered that in the political debate – and in the country from which I am writing, at least half the politicians were female – women were equally wordy and equally aggressive. There were, to be sure, gender differences in verbal content, but none at all in degree of self-assertion. These results were naturally buried and are never now spoken of.

How could it be otherwise? Female power technique depends on attributed greater fitness for office by virtue of the superior emotional and spiritual qualities that, paradoxically enough, allegedly cause their exclusion from the public space. In short, these women spend 90% of the debate explaining how the innate rightness of their position means that their voices never get heard.

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