facing the book on ambition

This new buzzword that is supposed to encapsulate the idealization of desire among aspiring women is known as the “ambition gap”, which as a precondition, makes the qualitative value of ambition as axiomatic motherhood statement as representing something remarkable, magnificent and wonderful; like Walt Disney Fantasia in the magic of Technicolor at the time. The American ideology seems based on the notion of progress; standing still progress, regressive progress, but somehow progress. Timothy Leary was not known as an economist or market pundit, but the idea of tuning out and escaping the “noise” prattle and twaddle of the numbers game is not as comical as it appears. The enlightened can find a road map back to Arcadia, he Greening of America opens the gates of perception for Sheryl Sandberg and co. to kick, scream, bite and spit over the Golden Bough in the grove at Alba and Mark Zuckerberg  can play Bungalo Bill on Safari to kill and cook his protein on an open fire.

---The wandering syndrome you identify in your book initially sounds like something that could just as easily afflict men. Why do you feel this is a particularly female issue? Both men and women who are driven to achieve great goals are also plagued by a restless urge to find "something more" that keeps them feeling discontented, disappointed and often exhausted. The difference is that women tend to leave more quickly. The younger the women were in my study, the less likely they would stay at a job for more than two years unless the company was big enough to move them around when they asked for it. Women are quicker to say, "Been there, done that, what's next?" than men.--- Read More:http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505125_162-38942677/for-women-can-too-much-ambition-be-toxic/

Samantha Ettus:In her speech at World Economic Forum at Davos, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, one of the most powerful women and working moms in the world, talked of an “ambition gap” in how we are raising young girls versus boys. She didn’t point her fingers at corporations or at advertisers, but at parents and how we are raising our daughters and sons. Read More:http://www.forbes.com/sites/samanthaettus/2012/02/02/sheryl-sandberg/

Cindy Sherman. Untitled. 1999--- She analyzes what creates this “ambition gap” that prevents women from becoming CEOs or seeking other leadership roles. Part of it is a perception that powerful and successful women aren’t likeable. Part of it is that women are actively discouraged from being ambitious at an early age. Part of it is that women still take on the lion’s share of work at home, even when they work full-time outside the home as well. This “ambition gap” is certainly evident in law. Women go to law school in equal numbers as men, but few make it to equity partner at law firms. The women I know are certainly ambitious in law school and sought to be the Editors in Chief of law review and other journals, chief justice of the moot court, and tops in the class rank for GPA. Over time, however, those ambitious female law students gravitate away from becoming equity partners – or they are pushed out. Read More:http://www.jdsupra.com/post/documentViewer.aspx?fid=32d07b9f-d961-4791-9ceb-95f35dc171da

Ambition is the proverbial minefield, almost intrinsic to the concept of imperialism and even messianism, a harkening call to remove us from the world and into the realm of absence of accountability. Maybe ambition is simply a cage; a place of mutual antagonism where one realizes that suffering in the world is meaningless, fundamentally a waste of effort, and that suffering is divinely orchestrated and somehow meaningful in an ethical and moral sense even if the kernels of that meaning are inaccessible. To thinkers like Adorno, ambition and competition lead straight to the shit house: Auschwitz….

---Kembra Pfahler and the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black at American Fine Art at PHAG Photo Peter Cramer ---....Despite the fact that most of Facebook’s 800 million users are women, the company’s board has no women. Facebook will be listed on the 2020 Women on Boards Gender Diversity Directory as a Zero “Z” Company which is really depressing considering its COO Sheryl Sandberg is arguably one of the prominent figures in the fight for women’s rights. We knew she was fearless, but could she now be called hypocritical? Could she get in trouble for this lack of diversity at her company? For a company that is so forward thinking in every other way, this shows a major disconnect according to Bloomberg’s Carol Hymowitz. Malli Gero, executive director of 2020 Women on Boards, said “It’s surprising and disappointing that Facebook has zero female directors because Sandberg is so powerful at the company and so outspoken in favor of women advancing.”--- Read More:http://thegrindstone.com/office-politics/is-sheryl-sandberg-going-to-get-in-trouble-for-facebooks-zero-women-problem-265/ image:http://www.artnet.com/magazine/FEATURES/kuspit/kuspit6-10-19.asp


As Facebook prepares for its IPO, another senior woman has joined its ranks: Rebecca Van Dyck, who was global CMO at Levi Strauss for the past year and was in marketing at Apple (AAPL) before that. While Sandberg & Co. deserve credit for bringing women up at Facebook, the company also deserves tough scrutiny for its board deficiency: How can it be that Facebook, whose biggest and best base of customers is female, does not have a single woman on its seven-member board of directors?…

Kiki Smith art---Marshall was referring to the incident in which Bartz told former TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington (who has no shortage of haters) to “fuck off” during an on-stage interview. Frankly, it was glorious. If there had been a ticket dispenser, I think people would have been lining up to go on-stage and tell Arrington to fuck off. But what bothers me about Marshall’s criticism is the overt implication that Bartz’s failure as a CEO has something to do with her emotions. Saying that she “regularly comes unglued” (while failing to articulate what he means by “unglued”—does that mean dropping F-bombs? Because if that’s the case, I come unglued all the fucking time) characterizes her as some kind of emotionally frenzied sapling who couldn’t keep it together to run Yahoo. He ends his article with a particularly patronizing accusation that Bartz is not setting a positive example for other female executives in the tech industry. Sexism much? Read more :http://vator.tv/news/2011-09-16-was-carol-bartz-a-victim-of-silicon-valley-sexism image:http://www.artnet.com/magazine/FEATURES/kuspit/kuspit6-10-17.asp

…Sandberg isn’t a Facebook director, but she’s on the board of Walt Disney (DIS) and she recently stepped off the board of Starbucks (SBUX). Surely she could wield some of her clout at her own company. More work to be done. Read More:http://postcards.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/tag/sheryl-sandberg/
“The inability to identify with others was unquestionably the most important psychological condition for the fact that something like Auschwitz could have occurred in the midst of more or less civilized and innocent people….

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Vanessa Beecroft.---"Keep comparing yourself to others and see how badly you can feel about yourself. It's not masochistic; it's the American way." - Meghan Daum--- Read More:http://harveysland.blogspot.com/2010/11/vanessa-beecroft.html

…What is called fellow traveling was primarily business interest: one pursues one’s own advantage before all else, and simply not to endanger oneself, does not talk too much. That is a general law of the status quo. The silence under the terror was only its consequence.

The coldness of the societal monad, the isolated competitor, was the precondition, as indifference to the fate of others, for the fact that only very few people reacted. The torturers know this, and they put it to test ever anew.” – Theodor Adorno

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