Damsels in Distress to the Rescue

2016-04-23 14:05

If you have not figured it out by now, our precious Constitution, one of the most liberal in the world, is a myth, a piece of fiction, another regime of control for ordinary citizens.

Not only is it not upheld by our President, but every day the enshrined principle of gender equality is subtly or overtly ignored by men and women in powerful positions.

I have commented previously that in the Rainbow Nation, a web of patriarchies continue to persist. Local researchers continue to find sexist norms among every cultural group that makes up the Rainbow Nation, from the patriarchal authority exercised by Chiefs in the rural areas, to the powerful dad of the modern nuclear family in urban areas.

Patriarchy is so naturalised that women mindlessly follow the imposed norms of their respective communities. For example, despite his traditionalist sexist rhetoric and actions, the ‘intellectuals’ of the ANC’s women’s league are always eager to endorse our Polygamous President. We should not be surprised then, when a group of urban women executives endorse their sexist boss.

As I have commented before, you do not need to be smart to be an executive. If smart people (my definition includes among other things the ability to identify and get rid of oppressive norms) ran many of our corporations, we would be as wealthy as the Western nations given the resources we have. But we won’t, because I suspect many of the executives of our political parties and corporations are greedy and stupid conformists – unequal gender norms being one area, race and class among the others.

Maybe some executives play too many video games. In many video games, women characters are portrayed as sex objects. They pose as props, supporting roles, and spectators, while men are the heroes – the cliché knight in shining armour and damsel in distress storyline.

Maybe this is the key problem with men and women in power at our major institutions. Maybe for them, work is equivalent to appearance management – you know, just a game.

This may also explain why many of them don’t know how to behave (what they say, how they act) in the real world. This may explain why our worker output per unit of capital is so low.

But at least they get to think they look good.

On this matter, I will let Nature have the final say. I suspect that underneath their clothes, like with the other naked primates, there is not much of a story.

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