Dude, Where’s My Patriarchy?
It is right here; I can’t believe you just asked me for directions.
This panel features Ana Marie Cox, Jazmine Hughes, Rachel Sklar and Tracy Sefl. They discuss the general idea of the bro culture in politics. For those that do not know what bro culture is it was talked about in this sense:
- Thoughtless masculinity
- Goofy egotism
- Selfishness: passing itself off as either truth telling or just a joke, willful ignorance about needs that aren’t their own. Also, in the sense of believing you are the norm and seeing yourself as exclusive.
There are barely any women as senior strategist or running political campaigns. There are definitely some women that run campaigns, however. The women that run campaigns are seen as communication consultants or any term mentioning the media. Cox shows a couple of images on the projector to start off to emphasize that there is a bro culture in politics.
“Hillary is a bro, taking that male dominant image, that she has implemented into her daily life as a political candidate,” Tracy Sefl says.
If you are confronted with ‘bro-ness’ what should be the proper response? Should you just join in? The Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton has learned how to navigate in a white based mans world. Hillary has become an influential persona that embodies some elements of bro-ness in different characteristics and mannerisms that are stereotypical of men. However, I do not see Hillary to be a member of the bro culture, given to a recent answer to a question where she answered, Besides being President I would also pick out the china, even though Bill would be the first man at the White House. Is Hillary a bro culture survivor? According to Tracy Sefl yes she is a survivor because Clinton for example knows how to mutate certain characteristics depending on what she is doing where she is at and who is in the room with her. Having been the First Lady I am sure she had to have learned some things from Bill Clinton when he was President.
As a women every time some one attacks Hillary they attack me for being a women as well. Women are seen inferior to men or not capable of doing what men do. So when Tracy was asked to make copies of a presentations she wrote she realized there was a gender inequality. In many industries the top 30 most influential people end up being white males. When there is a conference meeting and the men interrupt each other that is fine and acceptable because they are seen to have the same intellectual level however, if a women interrupts it causes a riot.
“If I am the only women in a business meeting I am not going to complain because another women I might feel threatened and more competitive with her, ” Cox said.
I think that you should find you “SQUAD” and pull them up in the business world along with you. In the business world men help other men succeed (bro culture) on the other hand women have more deeper connections and are less likely to mix business with friendship. Why is that? Us, as women need to create our own sister culture and shift the paradigm where we help each other rise in a male dominated world.
I am a feminist, I believe in the advocacy of women’s rights in political, social, and economic issues with equality to men. In many companies women are seen as inferior to men even though they might be the more intelligent one or have more of an experience in that market. This results in less of a pay for the same amount of work a man would do. As a women my time is valuable and my education and experience should emphasize that my time is worthy of a good amount of money compensation as well as my male counterparts. Something that comes to mind is the Hunger Games trilogy with Jennifer Lawrence playing the lead role. Through out all the films she was payed significantly less than her male counterparts.
Women can do anything a man can do, if not better.