Eleven people rescued from a capsized boat hung onto a rope dangling from a Coast Guard helicopter. Ten were men and one was a woman.
The rope was not strong enough to carry them all, so they decided one had to leave.
Otherwise, they might all fall back into the water.
They argued for a while, but no one could decide who should leave. Eventually, the woman spoke up.
She said that she would voluntarily let go of the rope, because, as a woman, she always gave up everything for her husband and kids or for men in general, and was used to making sacrifices for men with little in return.
As soon as she finished her speech, all the men started clapping...
I've stumbled across two wonderful sites and urge you to check them out.
The first is Fifty Shift, for women facing 50, or still staring at it in their rear-view mirror. A UMass faculty member runs it.
The other is Times Goes By, a well-established blog that promises to tell the truth about aging. (As if we didn't already know!)
If you like Birds on a Wire, you'll probably like one or both of those blogs, too. They're written by intelligent, thoughtful women who offer their readers much to ponder, and many ways to participate in a lively discussion.
You can link to both sites by clicking on their names, as listed in the blogroll in the right column.