The Gender Gap Is Taking Us to Unexpected Places, Thomas B. Edsall. “Women are just as competitive as men, Haidt wrote, ‘but they do it differently.’… Benenson writes:
From early childhood onwards, girls compete using strategies that minimize the risk of retaliation and reduce the strength of other girls. Girls’ competitive strategies include avoiding direct interference with another girl’s goals, disguising competition, competing overtly only from a position of high status in the community, enforcing equality within the female community and socially excluding other girls…. The result of these two somewhat conflicting motives is that girls and women seek high status but disguise this quest by avoiding direct contests.
Published originally on Americans for Humanity at Systemic/Domination.