It all Started with the Rib – By Sandra Gluschankoff

By Guest Blogger: SANDRA GLUSCHANKOFF – Argentinian

Driving home from work, I fantasized about the moment I would take off my shoes, fill up a glass of my favorite Malbec from my native Argentina (my newly acquired taste), and finally relax after a long day.

Anxiously, I slid the key into my front door, pushed it open, and before I could announce myself to my kids with my usual greeting, “Mami is home”, I tripped onto my younger son’s shoes that were lying right by the entrance.

In a second the spell was broken as my new pantyhose ripped when I landed knees first onto the floor.

I looked around, dazed and pissed, and reality hit me. My workday was not over yet. The house was in complete disarray, the kitchen sink was piled up with the remnants of my boys’ afternoon snacks, and my glorious entrance was greeted from upstairs by a voice asking, “What’s for dinner, Mami?”

Eyeing the bottle of Malbec that was mocking me from the kitchen counter, I put on my yellow rubber gloves and set in motion my underdeveloped Martha Stuart gene. As I was scrubbing furiously, cooking, and answering my kids’ homework questions all at once, I came to the shocking realization that my shoeless and wine filled fantasy was that of a man’s.

Did we girls get the short end of the stick or were men never handed one? Is that stick the extra rib we have?

I can’t stop thinking about the day G-d created Adam. After reviewing his master creation, I’m sure G-d thought, “this one won’t do it on its own, and if I have to leave the fate of my beautiful creation to him I have to be out of my mind.”

I believe that G-d revised the plan and when the woman was created, G-d added and extra RIB. The spare support we have to be able to accomplish the endless “to do list” that was handed to us together with the infamous rib. That bone we’ve been hearing about since the BIBLE was written, the rib that men can swear still hurts, even though it was never there, it is the one that can momentarily and magically be replaced with the world famous boner, which represents an extension of the men’s ego, the absent rib, which gives men a sense of completion if only for a few minutes…

Being a woman has not changed throughout the course of history. Women always provided for their tribes, clans, or families. Besides birthing and raising children, women were in charge of the farming, fishing, cooking, sewing, education and of course in charge of our eternal warriors: men.

Okay, so we have an understanding that nothing has changed much throughout the centuries. So why are we so surprised now to see so many women joining the work force while men stay behind? The answer to it is very simple: women go for it.

Women are providers. Even though we are cut just like men to hold six figure salaries and display our egos on brass-plated nametags, there is a pivotal difference. We don’t have balls; therefore, we don’t think with them. Instead we use our brains.

When our families need us, we do what has to be done and we provide. While men, with their warrior instincts, hold back and wait for the next great opportunity that will once more redeem themselves as heroes. No wonder, the image of heroes in folktales across different cultures is pretty much the same: a prince or warrior with his best suit of armor on, ready to rescue the damsel in distress. Why was she in distress in the first place? Well, she was out there doingnot waiting for a great opportunity, but creating one.

Let’s give our beloved men some credit. It is true that today a large number of women have joined the workforce due to the massive unemployment rate that affects our society. It is said that about fifty percent of the current employees are women. Stats from late 2009 show that women are on the verge of outnumbering men in the workforce for the first time – a historic reversal caused by long-term changes in women’s roles and massive job losses for men during this recession.

In June 2009, women held 49.83% of the nation’s 132 million and gained the vast majority of jobs in the few sectors of the economy that are growing, according to the most recent numbers available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

I have my own conspiracy theory: battles can be fought on many fronts, but the one that is silently unleashed right now is the salary war. By laying off men that make five and six figures a year, deleting their positions and creating newer ones with a lower salary and hiring women instead, since women earn only seventy seven percent of what men do, corporations today make more money than ever, corporations led by men. Interesting…

As women, we are solely responsible for the position we are in. We became comfortable and whiny trying desperately to fit in the universal parable of “the weaker sex”, blaming men for our failures.

When I think about great women throughout history, a few jump out in my mind immediately, such as Queen Elizabeth I in England, Queen Hatshepsut in Egypt, Golda Meir in Israel, Indira Gandhi in India, Michelle Bachelet in Chile, and the list goes on and on.

Sadly, the first names that jump to my mind when I think about renowned American women are those of Marilyn Monroe, Monica Lewinski, or Sarah Palin… Do these women truly portray the epitome of the American woman? No!

There have been great American women in our history, like Abigail Adams, President John Adams’ wife. She was his most trusted advisor in matters such as National Security or the Revolutionary War. Another notable lady of our country was Eleanor Roosevelt, who was a civil rights activist even after the death of her husband, President Franklin Roosevelt.

I know there are more women to cite. But damn! I would love for this country to identify a woman as a leader, not just somebody’s wife. It is time for American women to step into the light, stand on their own, and stop being the great woman behind the great man.

Women are natural leaders. We have an innate common sense and nurturing abilities that surpass our egos, enabling us to put other people’s needs before ours.

It was no accident when G-D decided to give us that extra rib as a symbolic baton to take charge.

30 Responses to “It all Started with the Rib – By Sandra Gluschankoff”

  1. Princess 2U says:

    This is so very funny. LMAO. When God made Eve, Adam had no idea what was in store for him. People blame Eve for what happened next but NOTHING has changed since then. Men continue to be brought down by feminine wiles and a little “nookie” ever since then from Presidents and world leaders to Tiger, to Jesse to the little man on the street hoping to get a quickie or have an affair without anyone finding out. You would think men would learn by now. Look at the news every day some celebrity or powerful politician is caught with their pants down so to speak. LOL. And they say they are smarter than us women. I like this blog. I like the diversity of the people here and in the writing. Congratulations on a humorous well thought out piece. Your command of the English language is admirable too.

  2. Carolina says:

    Right on Sandra! Go for it!

    I have a wonderful man, that I prefer to stand beside. Not behind or in front of but beside & that works for me.

  3. laura says:

    My dear Sandra;
    I couldn’t write it better!
    Don’t forget that you’ve got Hilary Clinton you can’t think about her as “the wife of”, instead I think Bill was “the husband of”. Michelle Obama, Condoleeza and plenty strong women. And yet in America there is a place for Martha Stewart. That’s great! Each woman can find her own place, and her own way of expression. We only can expect to receive the same salary…and some vacations.

  4. Eleanor Weinstein says:

    This is so wonderful! What an interesting subject and so well written. I’ve really enjoyed it. But you forgot some good American women like Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. I did get the ‘boner’ joke and felt it was written in good taste. Very good blog.

  5. Sandra Lord: Co-Founder of this Blog says:

    I liked your article but I think you need to give American women more credit than that. I agree with Eleanor Weinstein that Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama, among others, should have been on the list. They are powerful women in their own right, who influence millions of people the world over. I also enjoyed the comment from Princess 2U. It’s amazing that men don’t seem to understand that thinking with their genitals, to put it delicately, always leads them into trouble. Why is it that each one thinks it will not happen to him? Anyway, women definitely need to realize that they are NOT the weaker sex and with that realization will come the power and opportunities that were naturally meant for the fairer sex.

  6. jaqui says:

    Que increiblemente maravilloso el articulo de esta semana, me siento reconfortada de que no soy la unica en pensar que seria de los “machoss” si D-s no hubiera peensado en darle una companera, o sosten .,esas mujeres mal llamadas “sexo debil” la calidad y el humor de este articulo me hacen realmente una fan de esta excepcional narradora

    • Sandra G says:

      This is the translation into English for Jaqui’s comment

      How incredible marvelous this week’s article. It is comforting to know that I’m not the only one who thinks of what would have been of the “machos” if G-D would have not have given them a partner or that backbone usually called the weaker sex; “women”. The quality and humor of this article makes me a fan of this amazing writer

  7. Ms Thing says:

    I enjoyed your first post on How To and the last one on Chelsea King affected me so much I could not post any comment, but I really liked this one. It is funny and upbeat and so true. Keep up the good work.

    • Sandra G says:

      Thanks for your support. I had fun writing this article. We all have our opinions and this is a good place to express them!

  8. Cinzia says:

    Thank you Sandra for writing this beautiful and insightful article and articulating what all of us women want to say! It is way past time that women are recognized for their amazing contributions to our world!

  9. Cheapster says:

    As long as we live men will never understand women but women will always know and understand men. We cannot fool them. after all women give birth to us. The differences betweend men and women are well documented in the book ‘men are from mars women are from venus’.

  10. Zinkyks says:

    That’s why God didn’t make Adam and Steve. It had to be Adam and Eve because God in his infinite wisdom already knew two wrongs don’t make a right. :-) God knew the value of woman and how much she would be needed in the world. That’s why he put the “WO” BEFORE “MAN” – to guide him, create some balance, provide wisdom, intuition, sensitivity, beauty, grace, strength and on and on and on…

  11. Mariano says:

    The idea of woman as the weaker sex it was created just to send men to war and keep safe the most important creation of god ” women”. On this article I cannot agree with you, on some issues. When men wants to alter nature then society looks like today’s. One of most valuables WORKS in lifetime is family, especially kids education, something that fathers help but moms lead. Sadly women in the past century tried to match was men was doing and underestimating being a women. When I’m talking about women work at home I’m not talking about washing dishes I’m talking about being the leader at home in the family, family the little society that is the foundation of the big society where we live on and is so sick and out of control because we lost the foundation.
    Men can help at home but women as you said is the leader, but it should be at home. Not as the great doctor, politician, etc and being popular, because if the idea is to be Golda Meir instead of the proud mother of a model citizen, just to feed that woman ego is when the problems begin and society goes out of control, again because lack of foundation.

    • Sandra G says:

      And Adam spoke…
      Thank you Mariano for dropping off your comment. It is really beautiful to read how much you respect the role of women… the role of women at home.
      Beyond being nurtures, we have the full capability to lead and become exceptional professionals. The misconception here is that men are only around to help, thank G-D the Middle Ages are over! Nobody can take away the natural way of things, we can nurse our children, and men don’t. But I’m going to give you a personal example on how things can work 50/50. When I had my babies, my husband had a major role in the nursing of our children. No, he didn’t grow a breast, but in the middle of the night he would bring the babies to me, he would stay up during their feeding, change their diapers and take them back to their crib. His role in our household is as important as mine and I hope that my boys learn from him. We lead and teach by example. What would I be teaching my children if I wouldn’t reach for my goals?

      • Mariano says:

        I’ve never said that women do not have the ability to be great professionals. I don’t doubt it, but is exactly that personal ego to be successful outside the house is what is making our society luck of values, because foundation isn’t there because the head of the Head Coach of the team ( aka family )is busy with her patients, clients, etc.
        The fact that you wake up in the middle of the night to nurse your kids, and also your husband was awake to bring them to you and finish the work, that is not team work with all the respect, you just made that both will be sleepy the following morning instead of just one and the other at 100% be more productive that way. I know that you will think I’m chauvinist but why both to suffer, did your husband called you to go to an important presentation or finish his work for him to show that you work 50/50%?
        Waking up in the middle of the night to give a bottle I agree but to help on finishing the nursing procedure ( aka changing the diaper) NO NO

        • Sandra G says:

          I couldn’t disagree with you more, Mariano. According to your view, women should be confined to the perimeters of their home and do nothing but raise children and carry their household. Wrong! There has to be a balance of women and men working in all areas outside and inside of their homes. It is very wrong to assume that men don’t want to be a vital part of their children upbringing or the day to day lives of their homes, such as cooking or grocery shopping. And it is even worse to imply that women don’t belong anywhere but in the house.

        • Sandra Lord: Co-Founder of this Blog says:

          I disagree with you completely, Mariano. I find nothing more sexy or appealing about a man than when he sets aside the traditional roles and expectations and embraces a loving, caring, respectful partnership with his wife on ALL levels. It all comes down basically to respect and appreciation. When a man appreciates his wife and family, when he takes an active part in raising his kids, or in cooking and cleaning and even shedding a tear, it makes him delightfully human to me. The notion that men have to be strong(er), the exclusive provider, tower of strength and all the crap we are fed is a disservice to families. I wish men would just be HUMAN BEINGS FIRST. Some mothers are to be blamed too. In this day and age many STILL raise their sons to rely on women to wash, cook and clean for them, to see women ONLY as homemakers and the mother of their children. That’s unfortunate because marriage should be an amazing partnership when it is nurtured as such. When spouses complement each other in their weaknesses and strengths, or appreciate and support and even encourage the earning power, intelligence, talents, skills, opportunities and dreams of each other, that’s a wonderful, special thing. How many wives are truly happy when they are not fulfilling their passionate goals outside the perimeters of a house, no matter how beautiful that house is. Most men don’t even bother to ask. They just ASSUME that because they provide, the wife should be happy. Many times they are not.

  12. Bruce says:

    This is the translation into English for Jaqui’s comment

    How incredible marvelous this week’s article. It is comforting to know that I’m not the only one who thinks of what would have been of the “machos” if G-D would have not have given them a partner or that backbone usually called the weaker sex; “women”. The quality and humor of this article makes me a fan of this amazing writer

  13. Nicky Loring says:

    Loved it. At some point women will finally be recognized for being the backbone of all civilization, hopefully it will not be at the end of time. Congrats on finding a fresh different angle for a worn out subject.

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  15. golffanatic says:

    Interesting article. Gave me a bit to think about for next time on the course..

  16. dorrian says:

    ‘world famous boner’ definitely captures what we’re all about as men. funny and very well said.

  17. Tobias Mcghee says:

    It could just as easily have been Adam and Steve, no?

  18. Roland Bruce says:

    A controversy about this has always existed. And out of this have risen several other controversies with men/women relationships. A theory that has gained belief with many is that women will preserve the future of all mankind not only by continuing to be the child bearers but for being recognized for for the brains and common sense they have.

  19. Rolando Riddock says:

    Hasn’t everyone gotten bored of this crap by now?

  20. Napoleon Vasaure says:

    Men are from Mars Women are from Venus its a”dusty” game at best in my opinion 😉

  21. Wyatt Tadgerson says:

    This is great, I wish most guys would read this.

  22. Norbert Scheaffer says:

    Thankyou, this is really good information, appreciated.

  23. I'm Every Woman says:

    And that’s why G-d gave man a FEMALE helpmate. :-)

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