Placing blame more than a man thing

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist

I was at an agriculture women’s meeting recently where one of the speakers (a lady) talked about ways women can be more successful in advancing their agendas. She pointed out that boys grow up participating in and watching team sports more often than girls, although girls are making progress.

She is in politics, so her examples are in that arena. There, if you want a bill carried and passed, you put together a team, with each member having a role to play. Women, she said, tend to jump in whenever they see a need without really pursuing the idea of making it a team effort.

Men also seem to be better at giving credit — or placing blame.

The beauty of teamwork is if things don’t go according to plan you don’t have to accept all the blame yourself. This “team sports” approach is not just in politics. As I think about it, most endeavors can be viewed that way.

How many times have you heard a team roper mention, under his breath, that his partner messed up, which explains that missed loop. A female roper, on the other hand, is more likely to ruefully confess, “I messed up on my dally.”

At the bowling alley when a guy throws a ball into the gutter, he stomps back, kicks the ball return and declares the lanes are so (oily, dry … pick one) that nobody could do well. A woman, however, after throwing a gutter ball comes back and asks, “Did I not follow through when I rolled the ball?”