Women can’t do it all…..admit it….

LINK TO ARTICLE:  http://nypost.com/2017/09/08/viking-skeletons-dna-test-proves-historians-wrong/

Anything to do with Game of Thrones or Vikings automatically gets on my reading list!!  LOL!  I came across a New York Post article titled:  “Viking Skeleton’s DNA test proves historians wrong“.  I thought, hum, not surprising but what is this in reference to?  Turns out that what was long thought to have been a Viking male skeleton was in fact a female skeleton!!!  Her grave was discovered in the late 1800’s containing two horses, powerful weaponry, and valuables.  What’s important about this is that the discovery is the first absolute proof that women were Viking warriors….up until this point it was only hypothesized.  The ONLY reason the skeleton had the DNA tested is because a female researcher thought that the facial features and bone structure were feminine in nature.

A direct quote from the article sums up the biases and prejudices completely:  “This image of the male warrior in a patriarchal society was reinforced by research traditions and contemporary preconceptions. Hence, the biological sex of the individual was taken for granted,” Hedenstierna-Jonson and other researchers wrote in the report.

Reading this article reminds me of why I am so excited to research and challenge management theories that are egotistical in nature and allow for biases to run rampant in the corporate world:  “Perception Is Reality”.  No, it’s not.

Thanks!

Cheers, Lehi

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6 Responses to Women can’t do it all…..admit it….

  1. erinleighvt

    Really interesting article. Thank you for posting! I think that a lot of “women’s rights issues” are only brought to the public’s attention when women speak-up repeatedly. In my experience, if someone is not in minority group X, Y, Z etc, he/she/they often do not understand the issues that seem so obvious to people within that group. For example, men often don’t think sexism in the workplace still exists, but that is because they are not women (which obviously is not their fault). However, it is our fault if we do not listen to what people have to say!

    • Lehi Dowell

      Good morning Erin! Yes, that old adage “it doesn’t affect me until it does” rings true a lot more often than not.

      Thanks!

      Cheers, Lehi

  2. ehernandez

    As Erin said, this is super interesting. And of course a female researcher had to bring it to everyone’s attention. 🙁 I can definitely see how this would happen though, it is almost automatic for our culture to associate physical strength and power with only men. This reminds me of my advisor who’s biggest pet peeve is when someone refers to a researcher or author of a journal article as “he” without knowledge to back it up. Since we are only provided the last names and first initial of researchers when they write articles, the names are in no way gendered.

    • Lehi Dowell

      WOW! Now that you’ve mentioned that about the “he” I’ve begun to notice it in my classes!!

      Thanks!

      Cheers, Lehi

  3. Fitna&Nur

    How would you explain feminist management? Can feminists have a theory of management? If so, what kind of thesis/hypothesis would guide it?

    Do women-centric business practices exist? Or is business, the pursuit of private wealth, fundamentally masculine?

    A resource that may interest you: the feminist economic anthropology of the Gibson-Graham writing team.

    • Lehi Dowell

      Absolutely! I find this article is a perfect example of “patriarchy” in which males hold predominant roles in leadership (warrior) and control of property (buried with a horse and powerful weaponry). I will have to look up that reading and writing team!

      Thanks!

      Cheers, Lehi

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