I recently read Tom's interview here for the second time, though NOT the gazillion replies. It's a long read, but it impressed me so much the first time that I was impelled to spend a considerable amount of time reading it again.
What impressed me so? As far as I know Tom has no special training in gender studies or psychology, yet I feel that he has more wisdom in the area of human psychology than most "experts" in the field. I read "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus", by John Gray (Grey?) when it came out about 20 years ago, and I thought it was insightful and added much to our understanding of gender differences. But Tom's insights go far beyond those of J.G., who, if I recall correctly was a relationship/marriage counselor (I don't recall his specific training or credentials). I have nothing to add to this old conversation here, but sometimes Tom's wisdom, his innate knowledge into human psychology is just amazing to me. Everything he says in the interview rings true, but how does he have all this wisdom? How does he know all this stuff about how women feel? Tom should be teaching courses in these areas; he should be the one training the pschologists, counselors, and social workers!
As a side note, I've often entertained myself by thinking how different the world would be if women were in all positions of authority throughout the world. Heads of state; corporate CEO's; military leaders; religious leaders (think-the pope); police chiefs. ALL positions. Would the Indian Prime Minister simply arrange a lovely pot-luck brunch for Pakistani leaders and talk things out over finger sandwiches and pictures of their kids? Would political borders even matter? Would the 1% as we know it exist, or would we have a level economic playing field? What about the military? Terrorist organizations? Street gangs and organized crime? Government corruption? Sex slaves and pornography? Would these things even exist? I try to imagine what it would mean for education and access to health care; crime rates and the prison system; child abuse and domestic violence? Would we have a gentler, more caring and evolved world or would females over time exhibit the same aggressive tendencies as men, despite the lack of testosterone? How would the behavior of men change? How would we raise our children in this society? All interesting things to wonder about.
Just my 2-cents worth for the day. Is Tom still planning the book?
A fascinating idea. I would hazard a guess that, given an assumption that men and women are not massively different in their inherent levels of entropy, a world lead by women, although very different, would probably have its own problems and imbalances. I guess a balance of men and women leaders would be ideal but maybe a time of majority female rule would be beneficial, even essential, before such a balanced state could exist.
Happy International Women's Day, by the way :-)