Posted by: meghancasey18 | August 29, 2016

Separate…but equally benficial?

Today, my criminal justice professor brought up the topic of multiculturalism and representation among public representatives, particularly among police officers. In doing so he commented on the low numbers of female officers. My professor then proceeded to ensure us that despite there being of few of them, these female officers were highly skilled and were undoubtedly the best officer for the job at many times.

But why?

He attributed their success in the field to their relational skills. Their ability to talk a suspect down from a quickly escalating situation or questioning a previously uncooperative witness was both what made these female officers successful and feminine.

This is often the way we view men and women in leadership. We see their gender first, and then analyze how it applies to their position or situation. Is there a problem with this process? Should we be “gender-blind” when it comes to leadership studies? Or would it be more practical to study leadership the way we interact in our everyday lives, by taking note of gender and then moving forward?

 

 

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  1. Meghan,

    Woah, those are some deep concepts you are grasping at! I believe your Professor brings up a good topic about police officers as public representatives. My personal anecdote to add to your blog post is my experience with a show on Netflix called Flash Point, in which one of the main characters is a female hostage negotiator. Although this is fiction, I still notice the qualities of her character being able to successfully talk a suspect down, just as your Professor has mentioned.

    Yet, I think that your title captures it all! “Separate, but equally beneficial”, I would argue that generally speaking women and men tend to have slightly different strengths and weaknesses.

    -Jen Duvall


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