I'll leave the question open for girls too (who can answer whether they feel powerless compared to guys) but I came across the following 2 quotes, & I was wondering how many guys it applied to.
"How does a boy learn to bridge the gap between [a woman's] power and his feelings of powerlessness? To make him feel less like a puppy dog begging for a morsel? He learns Male Message 2: “I must do something — perform — to earn my way to equality with [her] first natural resource — her attention. I must defend against the [her] rejection by performing to attract her respect."" - Warren Farrell
& I came across someone who said something else:
"I felt completely powerless against women.. I knew they could make me do anything because I wanted them so bad and I had nothing they wanted... We're talking about emotional power. Women don't realize just how easily they can influence a man's emotion. Just by existing, just by being you, you can turn our world upside down.
Men desperately desire the love and affections of women. We need your touch, we need your reassurances. And yes, we desire sex, too. And even the sex just isn't about sex - even if it seems to be. That's how we express and receive feelings of love and affection.
There's a feeling of dearth that comes with being a man and it's completely alien to women. The number of men and women on this planet are roughly equal but it always felt to me like women are a precious and rare commodity while men are a dime a dozen. You feel like just another sperm trying to get to the egg. Women seem to have an abundance of men for their choosing, you struggle to get one. Women have innate value, you don't. You always have to prove yourself."
by the way, note: Men do make up the majority of people in political power, but remember that most men aren't in those powerful positions, & aren't any more politically powerful than the average woman is.
- I feel VERY POWERFUL in comparison to the other gender25%(5)16%(9)Vote11%(4)
- I feel POWERFUL in comparison to the other gender0%(0)4%(2)Vote6%(2)
- I feel POWERLESS in comparison to the other gender25%(5)29%(16)Vote31%(11)
- I feel VERY POWERLESS in comparison to the other gender5%(1)11%(6)Vote14%(5)
- The power feels roughly equal ///// I don't really care, or think about it15%(3)18%(10)Vote21%(7)
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Poll results are quite interesting, and don't surprise me.
I think they surprise women, because they are focused on the most outgoing and high status men, who tend to have a -lot- of power, and are more common than powerful women. But the average man... is in quite a different position.1