This article was recently published in the more “progressive” of Canada’s two national papers, The Globe and Mail.
The article, entitled “Women’s roadblock to power: themselves”, highlights an interview with a woman who wrote a book about how women are not using all the power the world is so desperate to foist upon them.
When we are being assertive or aggressive, we have to buck up and not “be afraid to be viewed negatively”, rather than dare to hope our behaviour be interpreted positively. If we take time off to have children and we have post-secondary educations, “if [we] don’t then use that education to continue advancing the status of women, then [we] are, in effect, setting back women over all”, rather than expecting that the body of skills and education we have will still be seen as relevant when we return from mat leave.
She strips the sociological out of the equation and puts the burden of coping solely on the individual, reducing it to character flaw rather than reaction to broader social forces. I foolishly thought this tactic had died with the 50s-era vodka housewife Freudian analyst.
Anyway, clearly it’s #MFIM, #YFYF, #HFSH, and #OFWF.