Men use fear as a tool of advancement. Why shouldn’t women do the same?
Until top leadership positions are routinely available to women as they are to men, freezing out the competition will remain a viable survival strategy.
That’s Dr. Peggy Drexler, asst. professor of psychology in psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, writing about the “Tyranny of the Queen Bee” in today’s WSJ. We found it more than disappointing that Drexler reached this conclusion at the end of a long article about how women in prominent corporate positions often bully their female subordinates rather than mentor them.
Guess she didn’t read an unrelated snippet further back in the Review section about the long-term toll of bullying. Childhood bullying victims were have more depression and anxiety; those who were victims and perps were at highest risk for suicide; and bullies were more likely to develop antisocial personality disorder according to a study called “Adult Psychiatric Outcomes of Bullying and Being Bullied by Peers in Childhood and Adolescence” published in “JAMA Psychiatry.”
Come hear “Sticks and Stones” author Emily Bazelon talk about teen bullying and some interesting solutions on Wednesday night. Maybe she’ll have some ideas for preventing the adult versions, as well.