Is competition between women a bad thing?

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  • Llew40 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 21, 2014 10:29 a.m.

    Anyone who has survived (or is currently stuck in) a YSA ward where women greatly outnumber men live this scenario every day of their lives. As the author of "Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin" so aptly described it-women hit each other over the head with their trays of freshly baked cookies and stab each other in the back in their efforts to impress the two or three active priesthood holders who know how valuable they are as eligible bachelors in the game. No obstacle too great...except temple marriage.

  • formerUT Osawatomie, KS
    Jan. 20, 2014 10:56 a.m.

    Can I just ask--especially considering it's MLK day--WHY with an article focused on women and competition, does Deseret News choose a picture of two Latina looking women? Why not at least 1 caucasian woman? Honestly--I looked at the picture, and the title of the article--and all I thought was "racial profiling? Really?" In this day and age, think outside the proverbial box of representing women and competition please!

  • citygrrl SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 9:34 a.m.

    I respect the researchers for their academic sills, but does it really take a study to find that women are often aggressive to one another and that this is damaging? Women are far more adept at manipulation and it can be very insidious. I am so lucky I have worked primarily with men -- much easier to know where I stand and get a straight answer.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 8:46 a.m.

    The words to the song by Tom Jones, She's A Lady, started playing over and over in my mind. After reading the story.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 2:48 a.m.

    Competition is a necessary attribute among men, women, and children, it establishes an order of ascension that is inherent with being an animal with survival instincts and a brain. Competition has no religious bearing and it even exist in religious organizations so its an inherited instinctual trait we all have to acknowledge and adjust to. Its a reward system and the meaning of the origin of species and survival of the fittest even in human realm.

    What sets women and girls apart from men and boys is that instincts are the rule of law. Women have been in competition to attract the male since god divided man to create a woman. Every aspect of a woman's life is devoted to be better and more desirable than their friends and co workers and siblings.

    Its a mans nightmare when women go into battle, sports excluded. A woman's purpose by instinct is to be a threat to each other and there is no peaceful solution. Polygamy takes advantage of this instinct in home and the workforce and why women accept it is puzzling. Even with intelligence, education, and world full of opportunity, competition among women is personal.

  • PLM Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 19, 2014 3:59 p.m.

    In a "Christian" (utopian) culture, this type of behavior is damaging to individuals and the group as a whole. We are counseled to love one another, but the competitiveness and aggression many women engage in, sadly, puts us at odds with one another. Is pride or insecurity to blame? I feel we are less Christian when we give into these aggressive impulses, which men do not always recognize, but women can certainly feel and suffer from. Is this one reason some LDS women feel depressed. And while many people have a certain personality type and shared traits, God did not make us all the same. We need to stop punishing those who have a different story or talent set - especially those that are trying to build the kingdom in ways that vary from the majority.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Jan. 19, 2014 3:54 p.m.

    In the sports world I would rather watch a lousy boys game then a good girls game. Go to girls game to get good seat for boys game. Not as fast paced probably.