A Little Piece Of Misogyny

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: October 08, 2018

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A Little Piece of Misogyny.

The ‘man’ himself sat behind the desk. Somehow she had not even thought of that; that she might be coming face-to-face with him. Still, she would not let her nerves show; she would be calm and collected. He was only another person after all. Wasn’t he?

Take a seat Miss Kelly.” He looked up, gave her a quick once over, then went back to signing his name, surreptitiously glancing her way as she sat directly across from him.

Thank you, Sir. But it’s Ms, not Miss.” She could tell instantly that she had said something wrong. Too late to take it back now; but when he called her ‘Miss’ the next time she let it go.

Now, MISS Kelly, what makes you think that you have got what it takes to become one of the boys? I mean,” he looked straight at her, letting his glance linger, “you certainly don’t like to dress like one.”

I can wear a suit, no problem, Sir,” she replied, hoping the heat of embarrassment did not show in her cheeks. “I think that I can bring a unique view, as a woman, to the government. Females, after all, make up half of the population.”

He eyed her with a steely glance until she added, “Sir,” again.

Now first off, let me tell you that I do not want or need any ‘unique view’. I know exactly how I want things to pan out, and I am not listening to any views that conflict with my idea, ‘unique’ or otherwise. It’s all planned out down to the finest detail in here,” he tapped the side of his head.

Ms Kelly thought, if that was so why did he bother with advisors? Then it clicked; he did not want advisors at all, but ‘yes-men’, ones that would not rock the boat. Well, she could do that, not be a man, but go along with his ideas. “Okay, Sir. I’m sure you’ll find that I could be very amenable to that.”

Had she really just said that? Ms Kelly had decided to enter politics to change things, especially attitudes to women, to minority groups, to those with extra needs. Slowly her ideals had been whittled away until now she found herself saying that she would agree to anything. She was ashamed, but then if she did not become one of ‘the boys’ she’d have no chance of changing anything at all.

Secondly, Miss Kelly, I am not interested in the population as a whole, but in those that hold power, wealth, influence. You will find very few, err...women among those. That is where the future lies, in looking after the interests of these very important people. There is no place in politics for compassion, for fellow-feeling. We’ve moved on from that ‘bleeding heart’ liberal stuff. There are plenty of people, but there will never be enough power. Or enough wealth, come to that.”

Ms Kelly was speechless, just nodded, choked out a ‘Yes, Sir,’ and hoped that it sounded convincing.

At the same time, it does our image good to have a few token women among our ranks, especially good-looking ones like yourself.” Again, there was a lingering of the eyes. “But I’m not interested in a woman that does not know her place. She can be female but she must speak and vote just like one of the boys. Empathy is out, self-interest is in!”

Could she do it? Would she really be prepared to cast off every single one of her principles? Play the part of a ‘pretty boy’ and keep her opinions firmly to herself?

You’ve got the right woman here, Sir,” she said. After all, she had to look after her own interests and aspirations, right!

We’ll let you know,” he said, and went back to signing his own very important name.


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