This is a very timely post for me. Those who know me and my current situation will understand.
After Sex and Power – Part One, a good friend of mine emailed me an excellent question about power vs. strength, and which of those I’m really talking about when I say power of versus power over. I’ve been thinking ever since about how to explain my view on that, and the perfect example occurred to me last night, in the form of a childhood memory.
When I was young, my sister and I used to love watching Nick at Nite. At the time they would show classic television, like Dick Van Dyke and I Love Lucy. Our favorite shows were, of course, I Dream of Jeannie, and Bewitched. At one point they ran a sort of contest between those two shows. Viewers were invited to vote for the character they thought was more powerful: Samantha or Jeannie. The winner would get a weekend…
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