The Will To Power

It may seem a paradox that Norway, which gives itself such airs about its leadership in human rights, gender equality and any other virtue it can dream up has one of the most gender-segregated labour markets on the planet – far more segregated than that of many so-called developing countries. Engineering, finance and entrepreneurship are mostly male, while politics, government administration, human resources, teaching and the law are preponderantly female. But the paradox resolves itself if we consider the types of power available. Most men still seem to want jobs that involve moving things around, “things” here being understood to include money, whereas most women want jobs that involve moving people around. That is to say, ordering them around. For their own good, of course. Which is, after all, what women mean by “working with people”.

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