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Everything about this rubbed me the wrong way.
This weekend’s World Economic Forum held a “Powerful Womenâ€? reception, which was co-sponsored by Forbes and Ernst & Young. The welcoming speeches were given by the (male) CEOs of the companies as well. You can try to redeem yourself, Forbes…

Heads of state, ministers and chief executives were among those who attended…
But there were also a lot of men.
‘I think that shows that men like powerful women,’ quipped Deborah Platt Majoras, chairman (yes, that’s what her business card says) of the United States Federal Trade Commission, as she scanned the room while sipping a glass of champagne.

The whole coverage was about men’s reaction, even the one quote by a female attendee.

Mr. Forbes said he was not intimidated by the concentration of high-powered women in the room.
‘I have six of them at home,’ he said, referring to his wife and his five daughters.

Ya think he’d be more intimidated by a room full of high-powered feminist bloggers?

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  • the15th

    The “men like powerful women” school of feminism may seem a little too tame and nonthreatening, but look at the very first comment on the article: “The price of the ‘women’s liberation’ Steve Forbes and Jim Turley celebrated has been paid for by the destruction of stable, affordable middle class family life in the West.” Someone is clearly feeling threatened.

  • The Law Fairy

    15th, interesting how the guy making that comment implicitly aligns himself with radical Islam.
    But of course, it’s the FEMINISTS we should fear…

  • the15th

    Yeah, I didn’t understand that. Is he arguing that we’d be better off taken over by radical Islam?
    I like how he characterizes children with working mothers as “babysitter-raised,” but he “raised” his children despite being a psychiatrist. Which is the scariest part; how would you like to be one of his female patients?

  • Dopey

    Wow that’s depressing.

  • Dopey

    Wow. How depressing.

  • donna darko

    Bush/fundamental Christianity and OBL/Islamic fundamentalism are sucking each other off doncha know.

  • alannaknightess

    Oh, fabulous. Of course, everything they (men included) had to do must be planned out and perfect; no yelling allowed! Bloggers are much, much more intimdating; we don’t have to deal with the politically correct crap.
    Totally agree with the15th: someone feels threatened.

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