Paul Tudor Jones' Ideas Aren't Sexist But His Words Are...
Paul Tudor Jones' remarks about women should be welcome. If we don't address what people really think, we will continue to perpetuate a culture of contradictions and inconsistencies because, people behave according to their point of view.
Tudor Jones thinks that "as soon as that baby’s lips touched that girl’s bosom, forget it. Every single investment idea, every desire to understand what’s going to make this go up or go down is going to be overwhelmed by (the experience of mothering)." On that issue, I think he's wrong. Childbearing is a creative process, and it inspires a compatible mental response.
The Nawal El Saadawi Reader describes "motherhood is a creative endeavor. The woman is the only being who is able, through her mental ability, to transform child-bearing from a semi-mechanical biological process into physically, mentally, and emotionally creative work." I had that experience. During my pregnancy, and the birth and early life of my daughter, I created a hair product, a social ideology and an interpretation of Christianity. Basically, all of the creative products of my life evolved during my involvement in the child bearing/child rearing process.
However, I agree with Paul Tudor's conclusion, "you will never see as many great women investors or traders as men. Period. End of story." But it won't be because women are in a brain fog, induced by childbearing, it will be because more women, than men, will choose a multi focused life. They will be caretakers, community leaders, hands-on parents, social and environmental facilitators for their families, and their communities. These are traditional female activities, and many women are concluding that their lives are more satisfactory when these roles are included. I do not believe that there will ever be as many women, who chose a singular focused life, as men.
Finally, Paul Tudor Jones reveals a sexist agenda, not through his ideas, but by the visual imagery he sought to create, through the words he choose to use, "lips," on "bosom," and "girl." These words conjure up an undignified image for women. Also, the choice of the antiquated "bosom," over the current designation, "breast," reminds me of people who prefer to call people of African descent black, instead of African American. In both instances, the speaker is trying to "remind" their audience to apply stereotypical ideas to the subject. Also, like in racial dynamics, where Diasporan men are called "boy," Tudor Jones choose to use "girl," to describe professional women, thereby infantilizing them. And, it appears that he was successful because, his comments were greeted with condescending laughter, directly after he used those words.