The lessons women are asking men to learn
The entire circus around Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation was an unwanted refresher for women and girls of the lessons forced upon us throughout our lives.
As girls, we learn that:
To have opinions is to be angry,
To be angry is to be unattractive,
To be smart is to be threatening,
To speak up is to be shut down,
To have confidence is to be demeaned,
To have strength is to be intimidated,
To be difficult is to be lonely.
As women, we learn that:
To have ideas is to be ignored,
To ask questions is to be discounted,
To be ambitious is to be obnoxious,
To tell the truth is to be accused of lying,
To have expertise is to be dismissed,
To be successful is to be judged,
To be in the spotlight is to be attacked.
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