Our thanks to Martin for alerting us to an online version of a piece in today’s Mail on Sunday.
The piece is concerned with relational aggression, which is commonly employed by women and girls, rarely by men and boys (for one thing, they’d be mocked for it). The article reminded me of a famous piece by Samantha Brick in the Daily Mail some time ago. She established an all-female television production company, and it was an utter disaster. The best critique of her article, to my mind, was that by 6oodfella. It’s 22:28 long, but worth it. The time will fly. Enjoy. His video channel is here.
Women won’t do what it takes to run a successful company, but they’re happy to leech off successful companies started and largely run by men, whether it’s through being appointed as non-executive directors (the workplace equivalent of marrying a rich man), or in other ways. Women tend to be more risk-averse than men, and are less likely to start up companies, even with the money they’ve appropriated from men in divorce settlements.
Because so few women are successful entrepreneurs in their own right, and their companies tend to be markedly smaller than those run by successful male entrepreneurs, the BBC has to go in for its customary social engineering. Dragon’s Den regularly features one or two women in its line-up, representing a far higher proportion than is present among entrepreneurs as a class.
I admire some of them, including Deborah Meaden, who ran her multi million-pound family holiday business before completing a management buyout. Then there’s Hilary Devey, who runs a pallet distribution company and looks like Cruella DeVille. She’s impressive, although in one BBC TV documentary she agreed to take the advice of some silly American woman who said her company would be more successful if she had gender parity in all the jobs in her business, including fork-lift truck driving.
In stark contrast, Kelly Hoppen really gets on my nerves. Her comments are often so mind-numbingly inane – she makes blindingly obvious points, with an expression suggesting she’s saying something profoundly insightful – that I invariably have to switch to another channel, for the sake of my mental health.