Saturday, May 16, 2009

So Much For The Sisterhood

From the American Lawyer
The End of Sisterhood
Posted by Dimitra Kessenides

The message is clear: Women are united, and they want their sisters to succeed.
But scratch the surface a bit deeper, and some members of the sorority tell another story: that women--particularly their immediate superiors--can be their worst tormentors. Fact is, despite the veneer of harmony and the decades of shared struggle, there's tension on the women's front. Talk to any group of women lawyers, and there will be plenty of war stories on the betrayals--real or perceived--that they have experienced at the hands of other women.

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From the New York Times
Backlash: Women Bullying Women at Work

It’s probably no surprise that most of these bullies are men, as a survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute, an advocacy group, makes clear. But a good 40 percent of bullies are women. And at least the male bullies take an egalitarian approach, mowing down men and women pretty much in equal measure. The women appear to prefer their own kind, choosing other women as targets more than 70 percent of the time.

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I work in a seriously I do. The office make-up is 8 women (the harem) to 1 man (the sultan). It is the perfect environment for an Organizational Development case study..maybe I should've paid more attention to the subject in B-school....then again the professor shouldn't have been such a smug bitch...but I digress.
Let's just say that it endlessly amuses me to sit back and watch the office dynamics.

And to anyone who thinks that the world would be a kinder, gentler place if controlled by a coterie of women....may I humbly suggest that you work in an office dominated by women and then give me your opinion....

The truth is ugly
h/t BL1Y
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