We are so over the “Ladies Aren’t As Confident As Men and It’s a Problem” conversation that has been happening lately.
Because you know what we’re not down with? Pretending that a self-reinforcing system of gender norms designed to keep women out of power and public life is, in fact, a character flaw that meek chicks need to get over. Structural inequality is not a personal problem, folks.
If it were, then advice like “maybe try NOT being subjugated” would be useful. But as it is, saying “sack up, ladies!” makes us worry that the next thing out of your mouth might be one of the following:
- “Slaves: Just not entrepreneurial-minded enough.”
- “Native Americans: Insufficiently committed to enforcing their property rights.”
- “Jews of 1930s Europe: Lacking in courage and self-preservation instincts.”
(Oh wait, that last one’s actually a thing. Thanks, anti-semitism!)