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28 Oct2014

Society Would Flourish Under Female Rule


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  • Posted by Ramonet, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 (3 years ago)

    I oppose the motion as it stands (though I am open to good arguments). Common sense and decency dictates that societies would flourish under the most apt, intelligent, decent and honest candidates available, their gender being absolutely irrelevant to the conversation. Having the best, most prepared and most decent rulers would be, as it stands to reason, the most beneficial outcomes for all men and women. This is how you further women. Not by artificially elevating a few women to power (helping just them), but by ensuring the best candidates (whatever they gender may be) are able make it to provide effective, honest government for the general public.

  • Posted by Kitten gloves, Monday, 29 September 2014 (3 years ago)

    There are no men on the discussion panel. This is patently one sided and sexist. Asking any group of people about themselves without an outside perspective is never going to produce a useful answer. Do bankers deserve their pay? Yes, say the bankers. Should we trust politicians? Yes, say the politicians. Should women rule the world? Let's ask a group of women.

  • Emerald Bixby , Monday, 29 September 2014 (3 years ago)

    What an appallingly pointless and fundamentally broken idea for a conversation. In what universe is discussing "rule" by one gender remotely related to "rebalancing" anything? How is there any justification for focusing on one gender's advancement in the pretended name of egalitarianism when there has already been so much progress made toward legitimately egalitarian goals? Proposition of rule by women (however poetically or tongue-in-cheek it's meant) is offensive, just as it would be if it were a discussion about rule by race, and crap like this is why more and more women like me are no longer calling ourselves feminists.

  • The Pigman , Monday, 29 September 2014 (3 years ago)

    A bunch of women arguing if the world would be better if run by women? Hey, how about getting a bunch of people from UKIP
    to argue about the pros and cons of immigration? What could possibly go wrong?!?!

  • Posted by Alex Reynard, Monday, 29 September 2014 (3 years ago)

    It seems just a little bit weird that there aren't any men being asked. Oh, wait, not "weird". What's the word I'm looking for? Oh, right, "jaw-droppingly sexist".

  • Posted by alexander witpas, Monday, 29 September 2014 (3 years ago)

    Why are there no males in this panel? Would the 'female rule' only apply to a society without males?

  • Posted by Mbui, Saturday, 13 September 2014 (3 years ago)

    I feel that a different gender assuming power, is too simplistic a solution to such deep rooted issues.

  • Posted by David Ewart from Australia, Monday, 28 July 2014 (3 years ago)

    I feel that equality is essential but to assume that a single gender is going to solve a millennium of social issues is redundant at best. Instead what is required is a better system of power for those who will wield it with social justice, empathy and a capacity to overcome self serving agenda's. Indeed the mere notion of any single gender is better than another is a fallacy at best left to those still stuck in the dark ages of the 20th century. I think a better question is what can we teach our children about equality and the need for respect of diversity rather than propelling a ideal that is going to continue the circle debate of who is better.


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