Tuesday, December 20, 2011

If Women Ruled the World

According to some people, if women ruled the world, there would be no more war.

There would be no more power struggles, or rape or poverty or ill-educated children. Only songs sung to fluffy bunnies and friendly unicorns, while everyone wears lots of pink.

And yes, the notion is that ridiculous.

Despite PC notions of sex and gender, women are still human beings. And human beings have a nasty tendency to want what they want, when they want it and how they want it.

The only things that keep most people in check are the natural codes of ethics we’re created with and the legal ramifications of behaving badly. It might be tempting, after all, to lie, cheat, steal and abuse, but hopefully not enough to suffer the consequences.

But if men and women choose to ignore their consciences or consider the potential punishment insignificant, the gloves come off and the bad behavior starts.

For proof of that, look no further than any elementary school playground, where undisciplined little boys beat up on their weaker playmates and undisciplined little girls shun, pick on and trash talk their less pretty or graceful or well-to-do classmates. The motivations are the same; only the means of delivery differ, since each gender has its stereotypical tendencies and limitations.

Those limitations are why men, for better or worse, seem to dominate the history books. It’s simply easier for men to achieve widespread command than women, though there have been some prominent female rulers as well…

Like Queen Mary, who brutalized Protestants, and Queen Elizabeth, who persecuted Catholics in her turn. And like Queen Isabella, who is credited with starting the Spanish Inquisition, and Catherine the Great, who earned her name through her military might.

In other words, women are just as capable of instituting pain and destruction as men when they manage to achieve unlimited control. So gender has far less to do with it than power, which “tends to corrupt and absolute power [which] corrupts absolutely,” as Lord Acton wisely once said.

So when Hillary Clinton – a power-hungry, power-wielding woman – starts talking about promoting women as a means of bringing about peace and Barack Obama – a power-hungry, power-wielding man – starts signing executive orders to “support women as critical participants in preventing and resolving conflict,” consider both of them up to no good…

And their idea rather ridiculous.

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