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The local bar was so sure that its bartender was the strongest man around that they offered a generous 1000 bet The bartender would squeeze a lemon until all the juice ran into a glass and hand the lemon to a patron Anyone who could squeeze one more drop of juice out would win the money Many people had tried over time but nobody could do it One day this young little lady came into the bar wearing thick glasses and a polyester skirt and said in a tiny squeaky voice Id like to try the bet After the laughter had died down the bartender got up grabbed a lemon and squeezed away Then he handed the wrinkled remains of the rind to the little lady The crowds laughter turned to total silence as the woman clenched her fist around the lemon and six drops fell into the glass As the crowd cheered the bartender paid the 1000 and asked the little lady What do you do for a living Are you a lumberjack a weight-lifter or what The woman replied I work for the IRS Apparently the crowd laughed because the woman was not expected to squeeze anything out of the lemon In fact a woman in such a situation would be expected to just stand around her hero the bartender and cheer him up How come a woman stepped into the role of a traditional masculine challenger and surprised the audience Why was it difficult for the crowd to accept a woman in a power-challenging role How was that swallowed In the body of the essay to follow I go on to explore the traditional and cultural context of the confusion over accepting women in new roles traditionally associated with masculine authority Specifically I have two main sections of my quest The first one deals with women reaching out of their current socially acceptable status and challenging the masculine authority involving
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