This leaves wide open and hanging the question of why was it so easy for the folks at the RT Booklovers’ Convention, fans and creators both, to welcome a stranger of the opposite gender into their midst, while other enthusiast communities that skew male still have creators and fans who blow a gasket about women doing their thing in that genre.
When I point this out to one of my co-workers at lunch only to get a racist response about “black culture” and books
(Submission from Anonymous, thanks!)
LifeNPublishing just solicited a series of awesome (and troubling) submissions about diversity fails in the publishing world. One reason I obsessively follow publishing GIF blogs is that they reassure me that there are people *inside* the machine shaking their heads at shit that goes down too. Also to develop a GIF-reinforced mental log of “things that will make publishing people wish they were allowed to punch me in the face so maybe don’t do those things if I am ever even allowed to associate with publishing people.” Because if you can’t remember GIFs, what can you remember?
True. Although I get feelings whiplash when it’s Perks of Being A Wallflower, because the original cover was just stupid, so before I saw the movie I thought “actually kind of an improvement?” but then I did see the movie and Emma Watson is kind of a terrible Sam, so…HM.
The Iguana and the Cat
SALAD FRIENDS IS THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL.
Also macaroni friends. Equal.
Eva and I are erstwhile napping buddies, and now also tumblr buddies! So this seems an appropriate first reblog from her. Also it’s great and true and makes me question some deep-seated napping issues of my heartbrain.
The problem comes not in identifying that there are differences between the sexes. The problem is that too often, the book simply asserts or assumes that in there being this difference, women have been doing something wrong.
Let me give you an example: the relative difference in confidence between the sexes. In exploring this phenomenon, the book cites a research study of students in a surgery rotation; the study found that when asked to evaluate themselves, the female students gave themselves lower scores than the male students, despite faculty evaluations that later showed the women actually outperformed the men. Passed through the lens of Lean In’s judgment, the ones at fault here are the women, for not being confident enough in themselves. The recommendation that comes later in the chapter: women should “fake it until they make it.”
But is this really good advice?
While Lean In might see the scenario as women lacking the confidence of men, there is a pretty glaring alternative hypothesis: it wasn’t the women who were lacking confidence — but it was the men who were too confident. It’s not that much of a stretch to suggest that the men who were more confident in their ability were the ones less likely to do the hard yards in preparation before the surgery rotation. The end result? They didn’t perform as well.
My mom’s on tumblr, you guys!