could put them back on again if she wished

“In her Sex and the Office, Brown documented some rather bizarre office practices, none more so than “scuttling,” a group pastime at a radio station where she once worked:

[Men] would select a secretary or file girl, chase her up and down the halls,…catch her and take her panties off. Once the panties off, the girl could put them back on again if she wished. Nothing wicked ever happened. De-pantying was the sole object of the game.



true incompetency

Sheelagh Whittaker, non-executive director at Standard Life and Imperial Oil supports quotas for women on company boards:

“Society has been pursuing this issue for 40 years and we still have a number like 10 per cent. We will only have true equality when we have as many incompetent women on boards as many incompetent men…  Women opposing quotas is like turkeys arguing for Christmas.”


Matthew Yglesias:

… you can’t take a political order that’s been constructed over hundreds of years on the basis of the disempowerment of women, and then one day say, as a kind of add-on, “oh and also we’ll treat women fairly”. Once you take seriously the idea that women are equal, you actually have to rethink social and political institutions from the ground up.

a complicitous silence

Gillian Tett:

Three decades ago, Pierre Bourdieu, a French sociologist, observed that elites in a society typically maintain their power not simply by controlling the means of production (ie money), but by dominating the cultural discourse too (that is, a society’s intellectual map). And what is most important in relation to that cognitive map is not what is overtly stated and discussed – but what is left unstated, or ignored. Or as he wrote: “The most successful ideological effects are those which have no need of words, and ask no more than a complicitous silence.”