Breaking Down The Bitches Of Davos

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Typically, when you read reports from Davos, it's about the Men of Davos. When you do hear about women, it's generally a complaint that their attendance is sparse in comparison to the males. Such, however, is not the case. There are tons of women at the World Economic Forum, but we never hear about them because they're hidden behind their men, invisible-- like second class citizens-- and in some cases worse than that. Confused? Joseph Stiglitz's wife, Anya Schiffrin, explains.

In Davos, you see, there is a tiering system for the ladies, each one worse than the last. At the top you have The Wives. Being a Davos wife is not much fun, Schiffrin says, because people only care what your husband has to say. Everyone gets a name tag with their name, occupation and affiliation. But if you're just there because of your husband only your name is printed. No one cares about your job or interests or what you bring to the table and adding insult to injury? The wives' name tags aren't even colored-coded like their man's. Just white.

The wives’ name tag guarantees that the Davos man in question will instantly decide you are of no value and so he immediately looks over your shoulder for the next best opportunity, i.e. someone without a white name tag who is, by definition, more important than you. Many wives refuse to be Davos wives and the white name tag is the reason they most often cite for their decision to stay home.

If you thought The Wives had it bad, though, you should check in with The Mistresses of Davos. Not only are The Mistresses there with men who keep promising they're going to leave their wives and never do but they don't even really get introduced to people as the ho this guy is banging.

Typically the Mistresses' men are swallowed up by a tsunami of meetings and interviews and don’t have the time or inclination to take their mistresses around with them. Often these men go to high-level dinners to which wives and mistresses are not invited.

What is a mistress to do? Her options include sitting in her hotel room crying. Finding a gay boyfriend. Or using her time wisely to scope out the scene for a new sugar daddy.

Big dinners and the Saturday night soiree present another ugly dilemma for the Davos Mistress. If her man does not want to take her or has to go to a small working dinner, she faces a quandary. Does she go to the gala and hope to find another man, one who could perhaps become a boyfriend who will eventually marry her? Unseemly as it is to trawl for new prospects while officially at Davos as a companion to her man, it makes sense to use the World Economic Forum as a place to find a better boyfriend. Does she go back to the hotel room and simply wait for her man to return? Or does she find a gay friend and get him to take her out in the evenings? Many a Davos mistress has suffered greatly from her ambiguous position.

Lowest on the totem pole? The Aspiring Mistress.

hat there are legions of women — let’s call them the aspiring mistresses — who do not get a coveted Davos invitation and badge and so can not enter the Congress Centre but who come anyway. They book a hotel room and prowl the streets hoping to snare their prey.

Jealous Davos Mistresses [Reuters]

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