I don’t agree with all of this article, but this part I do:
“It would be good if more women see interesting opportunities that they might not be qualified for, opportunities which they might in fact fuck up if they try to take them on, and then try to take them on. It would be good if more women got in the habit of raising their hands and saying “I can do that. Sign me up. My work is awesome,” no matter how many people that behavior upsets.”
I get some majorly frustrated when my friends say they can’t do things; major-majorly frustrated when I remember that I did it in the past.
Culture makes this hard. Attitudes towards women when they display more “masculine” traits make this hard. Realizing that this is a putdown for women and an accolade for men is hard. It’s tricky, and not okay.
It’s been a strange road, but I’ve grown. Dealing with these attitudes is crushing, ridiculous, and unfortunately, part of the deal. I’m proud of my work, and I’ll show it. I wouldn’t do what I do if I wasn’t; I’d be crushed in the stampede of everyone else who’s trying.
Call me cocky or manly, whatevs. I’ll take it, and ignore it. I’m good.
I think I’ll step off of my soapbox now, and go make some chamomile tea. Mmmm.