'Women make better politicians than men', says one who should know.

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Women make better politicians than men because they are not prisoners to their libido and testosterone. Who says so - Brian Cowen, Eamonn Gilmore, Enda Kenny? No, it's Christine Lagarde, France's finance minister. Minister Lagarde's right hand man is an Irish woman. Sonia Criseo.

Mrs Lagarde, said that her 30-year career as a high-flying lawyer and the world's most powerful female finance minister left her convinced that men's sex drive, testosterone and ego made them prone to taking decisions personally and humiliating people.

Most women in power, on the other hand, were less ruled by their libido and thus able to make more cool-headed judgments, she said.

"Women inject less libido and less testosterone into the equation.

"It helps in the sense that we don't necessarily project our own egos into cutting a deal, making our point across, convincing people, reducing them to a partner that has lost in the process,"
Women make better politicians than men, claims French finance minister - Telegraph

Is she wrong?
 
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She does not sound much like Thatcher or Palin.

From the link -

Mrs Lagarde, voted Europe's top finance minister by the Financial Times last year for her handling of the global financial crisis, is renowned for her self-control. The former national synchronised swimming champion gets up at 6am every day for a morning yoga session, and does not drink, smoke or eat meat.

On her office wall hangs a satirical cartoon of herself dressed in leather cracking a whip to tame wayward bankers.
 

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She does not sound much like Thatcher or Palin.

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Mrs Lagarde, voted Europe's top finance minister by the Financial Times last year for her handling of the global financial crisis, is renowned for her self-control. The former national synchronised swimming champion gets up at 6am every day for a morning yoga session, and does not drink, smoke or eat meat.

On her office wall hangs a satirical cartoon of herself dressed in leather cracking a whip to tame wayward bankers.
Maybe Sado-masochistic freaks make better ministers.

Don't have to be women as per the link.
 

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There is a formula for the natural level of female participation at the higher levels of political life.

% female standup comedians = % female senior politicians.

q.e.d.

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Having skills (i.e. communication, analytical, leadership), intelligence and decision making ability makes a person a better politician. Gender is largely irrelevant as I believe both genders can possess the aforementioned characteristics - although I believe the decision making processes of women are different and they do tend to think long term rather than short term. But then not all women think long term.

I think it is quite interesting to look at the two most successful female leaders thus far - Thatcher and Merkel. I think it could be argued that both could be said to be masculine rather than feminine in terms of temperament and leadership at least. (Fully expecting some "jokes" on their masculine appearance!) But Palin's not worth looking at to be honest.
 

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Male or female - they're all sockpuppets of the real rulers, the ones we dont get to vote for:


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Mrs Lagarde, said that her 30-year career as a high-flying lawyer and the world's most powerful female finance minister left her convinced that men's sex drive, testosterone and ego made them prone to taking decisions personally and humiliating people.

Most women in power, on the other hand, were less ruled by their libido and thus able to make more cool-headed judgments, she said.

"Women inject less libido and less testosterone into the equation.

"It helps in the sense that we don't necessarily project our own egos into cutting a deal, making our point across, convincing people, reducing them to a partner that has lost in the process,"

"On her office wall hangs a satirical cartoon of herself dressed in leather cracking a whip to tame wayward bankers."


So that's all right then. :D
 

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As more and more developers' wives take ownership of assets from their husbands as a way of screwing the taxpayer, it will be interesting to see how much of Lagarde's cool-headed judgement those wives will manage to display.
Will their egos get in the way as they seek to convince the taxpayer the property is rightfully theirs to keep?
Or will they allow themselves lose in the process and hand the loot over??
 

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Odd, because women also have the testosterone hormone as well as men, though the ratio is not the same.

And if testosterone and libido are so damaging to a person's political ability then all politicians should be completely neutered. No gonads (male or female) would eliminate testosterone and libido completely.
 

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Look at Harney,Coughlan and Hanafin like their male counterparts Clowen,Lenny,Gormless,etc...There are all greedy,power mad and utterly useless...

The gender is irrelevant...
 

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Gender is irrelevant for sure, we have at least three female politicians leaving politics soon and perhaps more to come..

Not one of the above will be missed, not one of the above did anything worthwhile, all they did was the usual bitching and critizising.
and the the female politicians that went before them were exact carbon copies.

no i have to say they dont impress, none of the past present or any i see who are putting themselves forward are one bit different.
 

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christine lagarde sounds like a tiresome pain in the hole, like almost all right-wing western european politicians (of either sex).

contemporary politics tends to attract dismal careerists whether they possess a penis or a vagina. if there are shltloads of top-notch female politicians out there at present, most of them must be locked in a cupboard somewhere.

lagarde would be better off trying to draw attention to the fact that female workers are still routinely paid smaller salaries than male ones.
 

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She's wrong.
 

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Let's see..................... Thatcher, Palin....or closer to home, Harney, Coughlan, Hanafin, O'Rourke.......eh, she's talking rubbish. Idiots and dangerous zealots come in both genders.
 

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christine lagarde sounds like a tiresome pain in the hole, like almost all right-wing western european politicians (of either sex).

contemporary politics tends to attract dismal careerists whether they possess a penis or a vagina. if there are shltloads of top-notch female politicians out there at present, most of them must be locked in a cupboard somewhere.

lagarde would be better off trying to draw attention to the fact that female workers are still routinely paid smaller salaries than male ones.[/QUOTE]

and whose fault is that then??
 

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People who seek political power be they men or women have far more in common with each other than they do with the rest of us. That's why we have a demand for gender quotas which would spread the power in the political class rather than term limits which could spread the power outside that class.

Politics should not be anybody's life long job.
 

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Look at Harney,Coughlan and Hanafin like their male counterparts Clowen,Lenny,Gormless,etc...There are all greedy,power mad and utterly useless...

The gender is irrelevant...
Agreed, but I would go even further. Using members of the Oireachtas as a measure is not proof of anything. Our politicians, be they either male or female, are not particularly very good examples human beings to start with.

Personally I think a mix is good, as all people bring their own strengths and failings to the table, regardless of gender, race, beliefs or background.

There are fine examples, of course, of Irish women who have leadership quality and who may not neccessarily be politicians - Mary Robinson, Caroline Casey, Mary Davis (Special Olympics).........
 


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