There might be the odd female economist, academic, CEO, or journalist, but overall, women at the World Economic Forum in Davos fall into three categories, Anya Schiffrin observes over at Reuters. There are Wives, of which Schiffrin, who is married to economist Joseph Stiglitz, is one; the "skinny and beautifully dressed" Mistresses; and the lowest on the food chain, the Aspiring Mistresses, who aren't technically invited to the conference but "book a hotel room and prowl the streets hoping to snare their prey." The Aspiring Mistress is the "worst enemy of the Mistress," but they're not her biggest problem. Oddly, the fact that she's hoping to bone down with one of the grown-up nerds with gargantuan egos and chips on their shoulders that attend the conference isn't the Mistress's biggest problem, either.
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.
It really is true: There's no problem a gay man can't solve.
Jealous Davos Mistresses [Reuters]