The U.S. Republican party recently held a meeting in which the primary focus was reaching out to women voters. The above image includes Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee. On the stage with him are "six rising stars" in the party who also happen to be women. The photo is so ironic that it could almost be lifted from a Saturday Night Live sketch.
All the ladies except one are wearing a skirt or dress. However you don't need to be a body language expert to know that even if they all were wearing pants, to seat women speakers on a stage - as if on deliberate chauvinistic display, shows a complete lack of empathy and insight regarding professionalism, common courtesy and particularly the female perspective. The irony screams when you know the whole purpose of this quorum is to attract the female vote.
If your goal were to alienate a guest speaker, intimidate her and throw her off her game - then put her in a high, uncomfortable chair directly facing the audience and a television camera. Certainly this was not the Republican Party's intent, yet the complete lack of point-of-view skills in this difficult-to-believe-it's-not-a-parody example should leave everyone, even an old white male scratching his head. It won't win over women voters either.
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