August 02, 2012
Disturbing Study of the Day
Via Eric Hines, do nice girls finish last?
In the first research of its kind, a study has found feminine charm does have economic benefits and can improve the chances of success by as much as a third.
However, the flirting must have a selfish intent because women who come across as merely friendly or caring lose out, according to the study.
Those with the right balance include the fictional TV character Joan Holloway from hit US series Mad Men and former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
That *thud* you heard was our jaw dropping on the floor.
Debate question: is this news something either party could use as a negotiation aid in Congress? If Madeleine Albright can flirt her way to success, we see no reason why Nan Pelosi, Babs Boxer (she could read sections of her novel to set the mood!), and Bella Abzug can't follow in her footsteps...
Posted by Cassandra at August 2, 2012 08:38 AM
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Yeah, Madeleine flirted her way to the top. Harry Reid, too.
Posted by: Texan99 at August 2, 2012 10:47 AM
Hmmm.... For Nan, Babs, Mad, or anyone to be successful advancing an agenda via the tactic of flirting would require a target flirtee with special attributes.
• Start with an ability to set and manage priorities that leaves those priorities resembling a bag of snakes and add a dash of inability to focus on those priorities under stress.
• Include a tendency to believe that their perceptions, particularly of their own abilities/performance exceeds the results found in the realm of reality.
• Throw in a pound of vanity/inflated ego.
• Fold together without care.
Mr. P. grabs the art gum eraser and rubs the paper furiously, he then redraws the Vinn diagram using a different set of flirter/flirtees, examines the result, and again rubs the eraser on the paper, redraws, lather, rinse, repeat...
Ahhh, It looks as if it could work, under the right conditions...
Mr. P. pushes his glasses up back up on nose and reaches into his pocket hoping he can find some change. He pulls a coin and flips it into the air. And with that toss of the coin, Mr. P decides to begin collecting data on politicians who employ tactics that could be considered flirting with the electorate, or any subset of the electorate, to determine if such a crude manipulation has ever managed to influence the vote.
Posted by: Mr. Peabody at August 2, 2012 12:13 PM