Aging & Attitude
New Thoughts on Words
What do Sheryl Sandberg, Susan Patton and Yvonne Brill have in Common? Indignation, all three women have reason to be angry about accusations thrown their way.
Megan Daum’s thoughts under a headline, “Mrs. Degree? Maybe” highlights the controversy and raises the question again, husband or career? Daum writes for the Los Angeles Times.
Susan Patton got herself into trouble writing a letter to the Daily Princetonian suggesting female students check out the pool of eligible man on campus before graduation. Then attempting to clarify, shot herself in the foot, suggesting a professional life is not fulfilling.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and best-selling author, advises woman to “lean in”. Statistics confirm that women have a problem advancing and Sandberg outlines the criteria to fix it; sit at the table and keep your hand up, make partners real partners and don’t leave until you leave.
Yvonne Brill is deceased and cannot defend a preference to being called Mrs. and comments, “Good men are harder to find than a good job.” However many were offended by a New York Times obituary beginning with, “She made a mean beef stroganoff.”
A rocket scientist might consider that more of an accomplishment. The pertinent question, was she equally compensated with male counterparts?
These three women, unlike men, are being criticized in the media for their decisions regarding work, marriage and family.
Women are judged for their choices, and even Hilary Clinton was defined by her hair when Secretary of State, as will John Kerry.
Would we be having this discussion if Sandberg, Patton and Brill were male?
So what’s it all about Alfie?
The issue is a woman’s identity.
Women conflicted over life choices, feel guilty and a person’s identity cannot be founded on guilt.
If a man wishes to be a beer drinking- Belcher and farter, the world does not attempt to persuade him otherwise. If he wants to be president, that is fine too.
Some things are hard to swallow but we do and realize after, it was a mistake and indigestion is sure to follow.
Please pass me the pepto-bismol.