This piece by is about Elizabeth Warren, but it's also about all the landmines women dance around in asserting their expertise and talent in any professional setting. Read it
Elizabeth Warren's candidacy exposed an especially absurd strain of sexism. on the curse of competence
“The paradox is subtle, but punishing all the same: The harder she works to prove to the public that she is worthy of power—the more evidence she offers of her competence—the more “condescending,” allegedly, she becomes.” Warren & all women with authority.
"The paradox is subtle, but punishing all the same: The harder she works to prove to the public that she is worthy of power—the more evidence she offers of her competence—the more 'condescending,' allegedly, she becomes."
Read on the charge that is condescending. "Condescending attempts to rationalize an irrational prejudice. It suggests the lurchings of a zero-sum world—a physics in which the achievements of one person are insulting to everyone else."
Unfortunately you do not have to be nearly as accomplished as to experience this. Most men can’t even imagine the emotional labour involved in appearing both likeable and competent. A balance that is basically unachievable. 😡
This is a really good--and maddening--piece by
After Warren's press conference, make time for this piece
They are just bound and determined to pretend that her campaign imploded because she’s a woman and not because she’s a bad politician.
"Misogyny is the law-enforcement branch of patriarchy." -
All my chats, DMs, and texts are people rightfully praising this piece so read it if you haven’t
Recently, in an attempt to call her unqualified, someone said that Elizabeth Warren's resume was basically "4th grade teacher." Digest the insanity of that (shoutout to teachers, whose jobs are insanely hard & require incredible skill) & read
America punished Elizabeth Warren for her competence
Misogyny is the law-enforcement branch of patriarchy. It rewards those who uphold the existing order of things; it punishes those who fight against it.
Always read , but especially this piece on Elizabeth Warren’s unrepentant competence
“Misogyny is the law-enforcement branch of patriarchy.” - Kate Manne
“Women candidates are punished, still, for public displays of ambition”
A thoughtful piece on the rejection of competence (and candidacy) by (On days like this, #BoJackHorseman Diane's "I can't believe this country hates women more than it loves guns" doesn't sound particularly satirical.. 😨)
Why Elizabeth Warren Won't Be the Democratic Nominee - The Atlantic
Be competent...but not too competent. Right?
So much this: What it is to be perceived as condescending & arrogant for no reason other than because you're a competent woman who refuses to apologize for it
As international day of the woman approaches, this should make us all ashamed.
Did America Punish Elizabeth Warren for Her Competence? The Atlantic
Where were these articles about sexism and before #SuperTuesday? before #YouErasedHer?
"She is competence incarnate. She has a plan for that, just in general. She is unapologetically—and unavoidably—credentialed." on the #misogyny we've all just whitnessed in the US primaries
“Misogyny is the law-enforcement branch of patriarchy” - Why Elizabeth Warren Won't Be the Democratic Nominee via ⁦
This piece by in makes me wonder: What strong woman isn't "intensely alienating"?? #ElizabethWarren's candidacy exposed an especially absurd strain of sexism.
„The harder she works to prove to the public that she is worthy of power—the more evidence she offers of her competence—the more “condescending,” allegedly, she becomes. And the more that other anxious quality, likability, will be called into question.“
Elizabeth Warren was “too competent.” Many American voters (so dumbed down) found the idea of an intelligent, confident woman condescending and alienating.
The always excellent with an especially excellent essay on the anti-Liz Lemon and what happens to women who don't apologize for their accomplishments.
"The paradox is subtle, but punishing all the same: The harder she works to prove to the public that she is worthy of power—the more evidence she offers of her competence—the more 'condescending, allegedly, she becomes." From the brilliant
Why Elizabeth Warren Won't Be the Democratic Nominee Why couldn’t more people see this?
Short answer to question of why we still have International #Women's Day: the battle for #genderequality isn't won. Reminded of that by this comment on withdrawal from presidential contest: "America punished EW for her competence". #IWD2020 #IWD20
Elizabeth Warren's candidacy exposed an especially absurd strain of sexism. on the curse of competence
How often do people from underrepresented groups feel punished at work for their competence? “America Punished Elizabeth Warren for Her Competence”
Being smart, intelligent, well-prepared, and articulate are all reasons why Elizabeth Warren won’t be the Democratic nominee. Because those are traits too many voters find threatening in a woman. Sexism exacerbates anti-intellectualism.
Now this is interesting! Punishing #women for their competence! ⁦
"#Misogyny is the law-enforcement branch of #patriarchy" Lots #US voters apparently cannot cope with smart #women
It is perhaps the mechanism at play when a woman puts herself forward as a presidential candidate and finds her attributes—her intelligence, her experience, her compassion—understood as threats.
Why Elizabeth Warren Won't Be the Democratic Nominee - The Atlantic
This is my #IWD2020 post (with a thread of thoughts I posted on Facebook and that resonated with friends and family) 1/n
Yes, even when we're good we lose. Women who are unapologetically competent in non-domestic spheres are viewed by both men and women as condescending and unlikable, and thus unworthy of respect. on the curse of competence