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Davos Wives Versus Davos Mistresses Versus Aspiring Davos Mistresses
CNBC ^ | 01/27/2011 | John Carney

Posted on 01/27/2011 9:02:18 AM PST by Uncle Miltie

The single best column out of Davos this year has to be Anya Schiffrin’s piece titled “Jealous Davos Mistresses.”

Schiffrin, who is the wife of Joseph Stiglitz, describes the caste system created by the nametags handed out to attendees at the Davos World Economic Forum.

Here is how it works: everyone at Davos has to wear a name tag and these are color coded by status/occupation (speaker, organizer, journalist etc). Usually these name tags include some kind of affiliation, such as the company or organization you work for. But wives’ name tags state only their name. This means there is nothing on it that could help a stranger strike up a conversation. If you don’t use your husband’s name then you are guaranteed virtual anonymity. Upon being introduced to someone new, the normal Davos gesture is not to look at the face of the person they are meeting but to look down at his/her name tag. 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.

I can already hear the gnashing of teeth over this one. “Why does she insist that it is only wives? What about Davos husbands? Why is this so heteronormative, anyway?”

Zzzz. The truth is that there are a lot more Davos wives than husbands. And the Davos husband is probably so rare a creature that he defies attempts at categorization. The real action is with the women, regardless of whether or not this fits into our contemporary views about the equality of men and women.

Schiffrin goes on to describe the plight of two other categories of Davos women: the pitied mistresses and the feared single ladies prowling to score a Davos man.

But if wives have it bad, mistresses, who are invited under a variety of guises and usually wind up with a white name tag, have it worse. Typically their 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. The skinny and beautifully dressed Davos Mistress typically hangs around the auditoriums waiting for a couple of minutes with her man. While waiting, she keeps her eyes peeled looking to search and destroy the competition. The only thing worse than a white pass, is no pass. Rumor has it (heard first-hand from more than one jealous Davos Mistress) that 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. They are the worst enemies of the Davos Mistress.

So here’s an open invitation: if you are a Davos mistress or an “aspiring mistress,” I’ll give you room to write your own view of Davos. Are you really worse off than a Davos wife? Should you be feared? Are you there to stalk your prey? Send an email to NetNet@cnbc.com.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: davos; elite; nwo; puppeteers
Standing by for the running commentary!
1 posted on 01/27/2011 9:02:18 AM PST by Uncle Miltie
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To: Uncle Miltie

WTF is this Davos crap? It’s all over the place. I’m too lazy to care.


2 posted on 01/27/2011 9:03:22 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

This is part of a series written by Anya Schiffrin, author of “Bad News,” and the wife of Nobel Prize Winner Joseph Stiglitz. The opinions expressed are her own.

Of Snubs and Men

The point about Davos is that it makes everyone feel wildly insecure. Billionaires and heads of state alike are all convinced that they have been given the worst hotel rooms, put on the least interesting panels and excluded from the most important events/most interesting private dinners. The genius of World Economic Founder Klaus Schwab is that he has been able to persuade hundreds of accomplished businessmen to pay thousands of dollars to attend an event which is largely based on mass humiliation and paranoia.

Wives feel sympathetic to their husbands and share their pain. But we have our own problems to cope with. After all, we are the on the bottom rung of the Davos ladder.

The most revealing sign of our lowly status is that we are forced to wear the ultimate badge of shame — the white name tag.

Here is how it works: everyone at Davos has to wear a name tag and these are color coded by status/occupation (speaker, organizer, journalist etc). Usually these name tags include some kind of affiliation, such as the company or organization you work for.

But wives’ name tags state only their name. This means there is nothing on it that could help a stranger strike up a conversation. If you don’t use your husband’s name then you are guaranteed virtual anonymity. Upon being introduced to someone new, the normal Davos gesture is not to look at the face of the person they are meeting but to look down at his/her name tag.

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.

I have often thought that the WEF should put something, anything, on the wives’ name tags just so as to give us a talking point. I wouldn’t mind wearing a tag that read “loves cooking” or “adores cats” (Not really. I hate ‘em.) Anything so that someone who actually wanted to talk me would know how to strike up a conversation.

People lose their heads in this hothouse atmosphere and behave in ways that they probably would never even consider in another setting. My own introduction to Davos’ competitiveness was years ago. The husband and I had just arrived from a night flight and a limo ride to our spartan but centrally-located hotel room. We dropped off our bags and staggered over to the Congress Centre to pick up our name tags. Winding through the little corridor on the way to the registration we ran into an old colleague of my husband. We stopped to say hello and were greeted with a gloating reply: “I see my book got a better review than yours did in the New York Review of Books this year.” (!).

Another time I was sitting at a lunch next to a tycoon who happens to be a close friend. Without a word of apology, a woman rushed over and took him away so he could sit up front with the VIP giving a lunch talk, leaving me stranded. Needless to say I am used to being abandoned for a better offer but as it happened, the tycoon and my husband already had a small meeting scheduled with the VIP the next morning. They didn’t need this randomly pushy woman to provide an introduction.

But if wives have it bad, mistresses, who are invited under a variety of guises and usually wind up with a white name tag, have it worse. Typically their 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. The skinny and beautifully dressed Davos Mistress typically hangs around the auditoriums waiting for a couple of minutes with her man. While waiting, she keeps her eyes peeled looking to search and destroy the competition.

The only thing worse than a white pass, is no pass. Rumor has it (heard first-hand from more than one jealous Davos Mistress) that 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. They are the worst enemies of the Davos Mistress.

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.

Wives, mistresses, girlfriends. We are the hangers-on, the bottom feeders of the great circus that is the World Economic Forum. The pit in my stomach tells me it’s time to get ready for another trip to Davos. But the rubbernecking is irresistible. Soon I will be hanging around the coffee bar with the other Davos Wives watching the endless parade of strutting movie stars, presidents, former senators, zillionaires and has-beens pass me by


3 posted on 01/27/2011 9:04:16 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (0bamanomics: Punish Success, Reward Failure. Destroying America is the point.)
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To: rarestia

Because it’s an opportunity for humor and ridicule.


4 posted on 01/27/2011 9:05:05 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (0bamanomics: Punish Success, Reward Failure. Destroying America is the point.)
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To: rarestia

They are the scum who unfortunately control your life.


5 posted on 01/27/2011 9:07:50 AM PST by Frantzie (Slaves do not have freedom only the illusion of freedom & their cable TV to drool at)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Now THAT would be an interesting reality show!

We mustn’t question the mating habits of nobility. They’re different from you and me.

They have more money and are more privileged.


6 posted on 01/27/2011 9:08:16 AM PST by sinanju
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To: Uncle Miltie

To Davos wives and Davos mistresses and aspiring Davos mistresses. May they never meet.


7 posted on 01/27/2011 9:16:46 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Uncle Miltie
Davos Guy and his wife having dinner.
young lady comes up and talks with husband and plants a big wet kiss on him.

Davos Wife: (Furious) WHO IS THAT ?
Davos Guy: Ummm..I can't lie, that's my mistress.

Davos Wife: I want a divorce !
Davos guy: Well, ok, but remember the pre-nup. If you divorce me for any reason: for you ? the Mercedes is gone, charge cards at all the clothes stores are gone. The summer home on the french Riviera is gone, The jewelry is gone, house in the Hampton's is gone, weekly spa session are gone. etc...

Davos Wife: ( silently thinking about it) Hey, there's our neighbor John. Who is that young lady with him ?
Davos guy: That's HIS mistress.

Davos Wife: ours is so much prettier than theirs.

8 posted on 01/27/2011 9:21:35 AM PST by stylin19a
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To: Uncle Miltie
This means there is nothing on it that could help a stranger strike up a conversation.

Surely these wives and girlfriends to the rich-and-powerful should know, a low-cut dress works as well as any name-tag.

9 posted on 01/27/2011 9:21:59 AM PST by PGR88
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To: Uncle Miltie

It can be confirmed...

I have landed on an alien planet...I think I’ll be going now...and thanks for all the fish...


10 posted on 01/27/2011 9:23:50 AM PST by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Uncle Miltie

Anya Schiffrin - middle (black top)

11 posted on 01/27/2011 9:35:53 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Uncle Miltie

It seems to me they have the best of all worlds. They get to hang out at Davos but they don’t actually have to go to all the stupid meetings.


12 posted on 01/27/2011 9:36:58 AM PST by marron
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To: Uncle Miltie

This is a riot. If ever there was a window into the mindset of rich people, famous people and powerful people with their hanging-on-entourages, this would be it.

Scary that these people hold power, but funny, too.


13 posted on 01/27/2011 9:46:21 AM PST by rlmorel ("If this doesn't light your fire, Men, the pilot light's out!"...Coach Ed Bolin)
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To: stylin19a

LOL...did you make that up, or is it derivative from a standard, centuries old joke?

I got a good laugh out of it...:)


14 posted on 01/27/2011 9:49:50 AM PST by rlmorel ("If this doesn't light your fire, Men, the pilot light's out!"...Coach Ed Bolin)
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To: kcvl

GUILTY!

No white tag for you...


15 posted on 01/27/2011 9:55:02 AM PST by njslim
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To: Frantzie
They are the scum who unfortunately control your life.

This was Carrol Quigley's dream. Pick up a copy of Tragedy and Hope and you'll see what I mean. His contempt for the 'ordinary man' was over the top. Having said that, Quigley was a brilliant historian who had access to the inner circles of power in his time.

16 posted on 01/27/2011 9:58:58 AM PST by Noumenon ("We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.")
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To: Frantzie
They are the scum who unfortunately control your life.

Well-dressed and well-spoken scum with money and power.

17 posted on 01/27/2011 10:05:48 AM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average. Politicians come from the other half.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Maybe the mistresses should get red tags?


18 posted on 01/27/2011 10:10:11 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Uncle Miltie

Having gone to a few of my husbands week-long conventions, I have dealt with this lady-in-waiting, hanger-on business. The cure: Learn more about the community the convention is at, and tour your brains out. “A sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach tells me it’s time for Davos again”. Maybe you could spend a month or so learning to speak Swiss, and befriend some of the locals? Eat at a favorite (to the locals) restaurant? Perhaps take up painting or drawing and spend a couple days hiking to find just the right vista?

Honestly, what a boring, self-indulgent whiny little -————.


19 posted on 01/27/2011 10:21:37 AM PST by yellow rubber ducky (One day I realized I am living in Bizarro world.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

He: “Would you sleep with me if I gave you a million dollars?”
She: (Laughing) “Of course!”
He: “Well, how about $2?”
She: (Angrily) “What!? What kind of woman do you take me for?”
He: “Madam, we’ll already determined that. I’m just trying to negotiate a price.”


20 posted on 01/27/2011 10:23:20 AM PST by Clioman
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To: Moonman62

Yeah. Unfortunately this vermin controls or at least influences almost of our lives. Under Mugabe since 2008 it is even worse.


21 posted on 01/27/2011 10:26:38 AM PST by Frantzie (Slaves do not have freedom only the illusion of freedom & their cable TV to drool at)
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To: rlmorel

In the past month, a Brit intelligence agent - like Bond - talked about infiltrating leftist enviromental groups. He was married and was undercover. He said everyone in the group was having sex with each other. Some people had 6 “lovers” at once.

He even cheated on his wife. I think the excuses is if he did not - they would know he was a plant. He had been undercover for years. He said other agents were also in these groups and were shagging around.

These people have NO morality or ethics at all. Dogs and cats are more civilized.


22 posted on 01/27/2011 10:37:22 AM PST by Frantzie (Slaves do not have freedom only the illusion of freedom & their cable TV to drool at)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

yep - I’m wondering: what’s a davos?


23 posted on 01/27/2011 10:44:23 AM PST by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: rarestia; Tex-Con-Man

“WTF is this Davos crap? It’s all over the place. I’m too lazy to care.”

It’s the locale of the-

World Economic Forum

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Economic_Forum


24 posted on 01/27/2011 11:13:14 AM PST by Mila
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To: Frantzie
Glenn Beck mentioned George Soros’s 26 yr old girl friend on his radio show the other day.

25 posted on 01/27/2011 11:38:49 AM PST by opentalk
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To: Uncle Miltie

Is that why Moochelle (1) will not let Obama attend Davos by himself, and (2) never let Obama out of sight at Davos?


26 posted on 01/27/2011 11:44:32 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

a.k.a. the Bankster Rave (I just made that up).


27 posted on 01/27/2011 11:51:49 AM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: kcvl
Anya Schiffrin - middle (black top)

I don't think she'll make the cut. Sour grapes...

28 posted on 01/27/2011 11:54:03 AM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: rlmorel

Said it before, will say it again.

People never really advance socially from the age of 12 on.

There are times when I am very glad I am just an engineer.


29 posted on 01/27/2011 1:13:30 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: rlmorel
How old it is, I don't know.
i added the DAVOS part to it, but I first heard it just before Christmas.
30 posted on 01/27/2011 1:19:28 PM PST by stylin19a
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