The left hand of linkspam (19 April 2013)

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4 thoughts on “The left hand of linkspam (19 April 2013)

  1. Elizabeth G.

    I am really struggling with some of the backlash against Sheryl Sandberg. First it is beginning to sound a little bit like the “Don’t you think there are more important issues?” derailing troupe and second, I think that arguing for work environments that are more accepting and supporting of women is a social change worth making. She argues for inclusiveness and diversity. She argues for changes in culture. The linked article specifically says “That advice is, in fact, about how to have it all, while offering precisely zero guidance on how to dismantle the structural barriers to gender equity that still impede most women.” I have to disagree, she very directly addresses some structural barriers for women and argues for changes to the culture that maintains them.

    Also, I am generally against policing people’s use of the word “feminist” or policing any self identification at all (other examples geek, women, Christian, Queer ). Some people don’t think that Sheryl Sandberg is a Feminist but she is choosing that title, and doing so genuinely.

    It all boils down to: YOU AREN’T DOING FEMINISM MY WAY! STOP IT!

    I read “Lean In” and I found it to be very useful and touching (by the by a lot of the other women grad students in engineering I know thought so too). Women who are often the only women in their work place might find it a bitter pill to swallow to be told that their struggle for equality is not the “right” struggle. She did write the book for a set of privileged women. She states in at the very beginning of the book (and then a couple more time throughout) but I think that women leadership in business and tech is important.

      1. Elizabeth G.

        I never said it was but demanding that someone stop talking about a problem they are struggling with to address another problem is.

  2. d2k

    1. Geek Women Hero infographic:

    2. More commentary on Sheryl Sandberg here (in the course of a different [feminist/intersectionality] discussion):

    “Let me be candid and tell you that Sheryl Sandberg’s TED speech (h/t TA Snyder) and book, Lean In, tell us nothing that we didn’t already know AND haven’t already said…. She’s absolutely correct about her three points, but there’s far more to breaking through the glass ceilings and crystal silos. Much more….”

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