Cats and Dogs

Recently, I facilitated a group of business owners from around the country. Within that varied climate, where regional cultures and opinions often clash, my audience found a specific statement of unified agreement. I’d like your thoughts on a quote from one of the members about gender differences at work.

“Dealing with females is like kickin’ a cat — Kick them once and they’ll remember forever.

Men are like dogs — Kick them today, and tomorrow they’ll forget and come back for more.”

I’m not making the statement, just asking the questions. True or untrue? Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why or why not?

Proverbs 26:11 (NIV)

As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.

Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, speaker, and writer. She lives in Missouri with her family.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. I absolutely agree with those statements. In fact, Anita, I have a client now, a female, with whom I’ve shared this thought on occasion. She and I finally agreed that when we disagree, we will do it like men. In other words, we’ll disagree or argue, then move on. Prior to my voicing this, we’d have to talk about our disagreements ad naseum. Now, we vocalize our “disagree-like-men” agreement and move on. In defense of women however (particularly since I am one), I realize our “remember forever” tendency stems from being social creatures, prone to valuing and nurturing relationships. So, in that, we bring a specialness to the work environment too.


    • I like your disagree-like-men model. No matter how we try to argue the fact, men and women are created differently. Like yourself, I choose to use a male philosophy. Mine is “Agree to disagree.” It sure helps me get unstuck so we can move forward.


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