“I think men are afraid to be with a successful woman, because we are terribly strong, we know what we want and we are not fragile enough.” - Shirley Bassey
This quote brings us to the debate of today: Are men afraid of successful, powerful women? Does the typical man quiver at the thought of reversing the stereotypical relationship in which he stays at home and his woman is the "bread winner"?
I'm not in favour of grouping all men and women together in any situation but there are some things that they all share in common - a common biological structure and a common society.
The innate argument:Competition
Males are naturally competitive as vividly depicted in their love of sports. Winning is vital to them and therefore, they see a successful woman as a threat. Women, in turn, are more social beings. When a man comes to accept a successful woman as a team-mate instead of an adversary, he will be able to leverage her strengths and grow himself.
The societal argument:
Society has not fully accepted the idea of the successful woman. Even though there are many successful women and many happy men behind them, society seems to see women leaders as pushy, overly agressive, power-hungry and manly when performing the same leadership tasks as men. (Check out this article: "The Myth of the Iron Lady")
Guys? Agree? Disagree? Tell us what you think!
Girls? Do you have any experiences to share on this?
What about the reverse situation - what do you think about highly successful men? Are women more attracted to them?