The Death of Macho?

I’m not so sure I agree with Reihan Salam’s idea that macho is one the wane thanks to the economic troubles we’re in at the moment, but he does bring up some very thought-provoking ideas in his article. For instance, he wrote:

When Iceland’s economy imploded, the country’s voters did what no country has done before: Not only did they throw out the all-male elite who oversaw the making of the crisis, they named the world’s first openly lesbian leader as their prime minister. It was, said Halla Tomasdottir, the female head of one of Iceland’s few remaining solvent banks, a perfectly reasonable response to the “penis competition” of male-dominated investment banking. “Ninety-nine percent went to the same school, they drive the same cars, they wear the same suits and they have the same attitudes. They got us into this situation—and they had a lot of fun doing it,” Tomasdottir complained to Der Spiegel.

I don’t see this happening anytime in the near future here in the States! Macho is too much of an institution. Personally, I think a nice balance—a 50/50 male-female ratio for those in the upper ranks—would be my ideal. Does macho have to die in order for this to happen? I’m not sure. If you want to read the entire article on Foreign Policy‘s website, click here.

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~ by Valerie Palmer on July 26, 2009.

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