What often manages to shock me is how seriously my opponents take all this stuff. It's a matter of life and death to them! When I beat them, and I almost always beat them, they act like such sore losers. Last week someone tipped the other side's hand with this sour grapes attitude that she put out. She thought that I had figured them out already, and she acted so sullen and surly, I thought I had said something wrong or something. Nope, sour grapes.
In eighth and ninth grade, the school football teams I played on won only one game in each season. I think I learned how to lose graciously and gracefully from such experiences. I read something somewhere that women often do poorly in the business world because they come across as if they don't know how to accept losing. They can be real competitive, but their sore loser vibe can really put off their more well-adjusted colleagues, as well as their win-at-all-costs vibe.
This same article I read attributed this phenomenon to the fact that these women, as girls, never played team sports, or any sports, growing up. This game that I have to deal with just to go about my daily and weekly routines, and how the women I beat react to losing, seems to bear this out.
I don't know, maybe these women could try their hand at some competitive sport? Maybe they could all get together and form a softball team and play in some league. They wouldn't be any good at it, but they might learn how hard it can be to win against people who've been doing for a long time whatever their competing in.
Maybe they could try their hand at archery? I hear people can actually get better at archery as they age, so a relatively late start wouldn't be such a handicap.
Maybe they could try chess? I once heard some punk-rock-hero-to-women-everywhere type (all punk rock women are heroes to women everywhere) brag that women are so much smarter than men because of their ability to think several moves ahead. Well, that might be part of the problem. Maybe these men they try to outthink don't like being treated like extensions of these womens' egos. If they're so good at thinking several moves ahead, then try chess. Last I heard, all those Russian chess champions were men.
I mean, I learned my craft from sheer repitition and the fact that my ability to attend a school or keep a job was typically at stake. If I lost, I just had to suck it up and try not to do anything that would get me in trouble. I've never been kicked out of a school, or fired from a job, or, more recently, banned from a business because of my behavior towards a woman or women in these environments.