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Saturday, 13 December 2008

But Men Are Always Right

Photo: Viktor Suvorov
Further to my last post, I remembered an incident that occurred the other day:

I was teaching a class and asked my students to pair up and role play a business meeting: each student was given a different goal and the aim was to discuss the different possibilities and then come to a decision. Normally the exercise takes about twenty minutes, but on this occasion it was over within two. Surprised, I asked the couple in front of me (a man and a woman) how they had come to a decision so quickly. The girl replied, “I gave my opinion, and then he gave his. He’s a man, so obviously he knows more about business, so we took his decision.”

Infuriating. The woman works as a manager in an engineering company and is highly educated.

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