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Hormones make the world go ’round

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I have always maintained that if women ruled the world there would be no war. Women do not send their sons, husbands, lovers, brothers off to be killed or maimed in wars about power. We’d choc chip cookiesput the kettle on, make a nice pot of tea, put out some chocolate chip cookies and sort it out. It has to do with testosterone. Men have a lot more of it than women and as a result they do stupid things.

Take starting a business. When men decide to start their own business, they lease a Lexus, rent some swanky office space with a perky young receptionist, invite their cronies for expense-account lunches and wait for the business to pour in.

Women, on the other hand, set up a computer and phone on an IKEA desk in the basement, spare multi-taskingbedroom or diningroom table and go to work – the hard way – writing a business plan, a marketing plan, a financial plan. Then they start making calls, attend networking sessions and writing proposals, all while juggling daily chores like dropping off and picking kids up at school and/or daycare, grocery shopping, preparing meals, doing laundry, checking on aging parents and trying to fit in a pedicure once a month.

The difference in these approaches is hormonal. Testosterone makes men think they are better than they probably are. Their confidence is enhanced when they are arrayed in the requisite cock feathers of male success – a nice car, a generous expense account and the company of other alpha males. The yardstick by which many men measure success is numbers. The guy with the highest number wins.

  • Dollar sign +  highest number of digits in salary = Successbig tv
  • Highest number of psi in a power washer = Success
  • Most horsepower in car, outboard motor or snowblower = Success
  • Highest number of penile inches = Success
  • Most inches in big-screen TV = Success
  • Most big-screen TVs = Success

Of course golf scores are moot as they all lie anyway.

Women’s numbers are different. Smaller numbers equal success. For example:

  • Quick shower, put on makeup, feed kids, exit house in minimum time = Success
  • Dropped 6 lbs. on the scale this week = Successskinny jeans
  • Fewest number of trips to grocery store per week = Success
  • No lost socks in this week’s laundry = Success
  • Zero balance on this month’s Visa bill = Success
  • Finally fit into size 8 jeans = Success
  • Go to bed at 10:00 p.m. instead of 12:00 = Success
  • Only 2 items left on today’s “To Do” list = Success

Does this mean we should start slipping estrogen into men’s morning coffee? Would the world really be a better place if they watched less browniesTSN and more HGTV? Absolutely not. It’s the differences that make us so interesting. Except for the bit about war. Obama, Putin, Morsi – put the kettle on. Have some brownies together.

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Author: Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

4 thoughts on “Hormones make the world go ’round

  1. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog
    and was wondering what all is needed to get set up?
    I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?

    I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100% certain. Any
    tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks

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    • I’m a beginner myself – started blogging last September.. I think you’ll find that the built-in templates on WordPress are all you need and the basic ones are free. Go to WordPress.com. There’s a bit of a learning curve but manageable. I’m doing it for fun but if you need a commercial application you might want something more sophisticated which is worth hiring a professional for. Hope you keep reading BoomerBroadcast.

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  2. I don’t think you should lump all men in one category. My husband started his own successful business from home and worked his operation out of there until one day when I was deathly sick, I found myself getting out of bed to go to work just to get away from the hustle & bustle his business had turned our home into. Business associates were going in and out of our home, the phone was constantly ringing and the sound of business being carried on had taken away the peace and tranquility of our home.. I saluted him on the day he rented an office and our house became a “home” again and an escape from the corporate jungle.

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  3. A wonderful piece Lynda, spot on!
    Perry McEwen

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