Facebook Feminism

Until somebody decided to shoot up a nightclub in Germany, this was running as front-page news on the BBC’s website:

Fairer pay for women must be backed up by stronger policies at work, according to Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg.

But the firm’s chief operating officer, in an interview for BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, said the first step is to “start paying women well”.

She chose Beyonce’s empowering Run The World (Girls) as her first song.

This Beyoncé:

It’s one way to become empowered, I suppose.

She said: “We start telling little girls not to lead at a really young age and we start to tell boys [to] lead at a very young age. That is a mistake.”

We do? Okay, I can probably believe that in some countries with cultures we’re encouraged to embrace that little girls are told not to lead, but in the West? Really? Who is saying this, and where? This is bullshit.

“I believe everyone has inside them the ability to lead…”

Then you’re an idiot. Not everyone is a leader, just as not everyone is a loyal lieutenant, and not everyone is an essential specialist, and not everyone is an equally important plodder. If you’ve not understood this, you’ve not understood leadership at all.

“…and we should let people choose that not based on their gender but on who they are and who they want to be.”

Oh please. We’ve had women leaders since at least Cleopatra. Who, and where, are girls being told they cannot lead because of their gender? All I see on the webpages of major corporations is how important women are and how proud they are to have a load of them in senior positions. The fact we have a female COO carping at us in the national press ought to tell us that this isn’t really a problem. Whereas it is boys that are being failed by schools, more girls than boys are graduating from college and now lead in such fields as law and medicine, and young men are still committing suicide at a far higher rate than women.

Ms Sandberg made headlines in 2013 with her book “Lean in” about female empowerment in the workplace.

It became a worldwide bestseller, but was criticised by some for being elitist and unrealistic for many women not in her privileged position.

You mean not all women agreed, and cat-fighting ensued? I don’t believe it.

In the interview, she also called for more to be done around the gender pay gap between men and women.

The gender pay gap that Christina Hoff Sommers has debunked numerous times as being a complete myth?

Ms Sandberg admitted she had struggled with self-doubt at Harvard

The BBC’s poster-child for female empowerment and leadership wrung her hands in self-doubt while at America’s top university? Did Katherine the Great doubt herself?

…and recognised that women more than men underestimated their own worth, preventing them from putting themselves forward or asking for a pay rise.

A minute ago everyone was capable of leadership, and we need more women in such positions. Now we find they underestimate themselves. Sorry, but I prefer anyone presuming to be my leader to be a little less wet. Attila the Hun is my benchmark.

“We need to start paying women well and we need the public and the corporate policy to get there,” she said.

Says the woman who made over $18m in 2016.

“Certainly, women applying for jobs at the same rate as men, women running for office at the same rate as men, that has got to be part of the answer.”

As Christina Hoff Sommers repeatedly says, there is nothing stopping women going into higher-paid professions such as engineering and computer programming, they simply choose not to. The women who chose to become engineers are absolutely coining it. I can think of two now, one owns half of Melbourne (*waves*) and another spends much of her life flying around on holiday in business-class (*waves again*).

Following the sudden death of her husband Dave Goldberg, Ms Sandberg described herself a “different” person now.

She found him on the floor of a gym with a head injury after he had suffered a heart attack whilst they were on a weekend away.

Okay, I’ll dial it down a notch here. Losing your husband is catastrophic, and I am all too familiar with its effects. That she’s managed to carry on so well afterwards is genuinely worthy of admiration, and she deserves a lot of respect and sympathy over this.

I still hate the BBC, though.

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14 thoughts on “Facebook Feminism

  1. Boadicea was an effective female leader so it must have been a masculinist plot to change her name to Boudicca so nobody knows who the hell they mean.

  2. Then you’re an idiot. Not everyone is a leader, just as not everyone is a loyal lieutenant, and not everyone is an essential specialist, and not everyone is an equally important plodder. If you’ve not understood this, you’ve not understood leadership at all.

    There’s so much of this about at the moment. We keep coming back to ‘horses for courses’, that people can do some things and not others. All the rest is Narrative.

  3. dearieme
    I know your knowledge of history stops at the Scotch border, so here’s a fact about Boadicea / Boudicca:
    She lost.

  4. I’d quite like someone to have told Diane Abbott that she couldn’t lead when she was a little girl.

    Then we might have a shadow Home Sec who doesn’t think rioting is a-ok if you feel
    ‘oppressed’..

  5. For some reason, they all seem to forget about Maggie Thatcher.

    I do like to see the look on their faces when I remind them of her heroic leadership in an age when men really were sexist 1970s dinosaurs. When she defeated Scargill and the union of the nation’s coal miners (no softies) virtually single-handed. When she ruled with an iron fist, when she challenged Europe, reformed the economy, smashed the unions, rode herd on her own rebellious party, when she strode across the world and defeated entire nations. It’s an example of leadership any woman can aspire to. For that matter, she’s an incredible example for any men to live up to, too.

    You should see their faces.

  6. @NiV on July 30, 2017 at 8:59 pm said:

    “For some reason, they all seem to forget about Maggie Thatcher…”

    +1

    @Tim N

    As for “She chose Beyonce’s empowering Run The World (Girls) as her first song.”

    Hmm, successful woman tells young girls “Dress like a prostitute if you want to succeed”

    As what? Hooker? Barmaid? Pole dancer? RoP rape target?

  7. Sandberg the billionaire software exec (who probably can’t successfully change her password without a male techie beside her) crying about pay and leadership opportunities for women, as she heads up a software megalodon without any tech background. Right up there with Michelle Obama lamenting all the racism directed at her in the White House. (Racism directed at her while she RESIDED IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!) Sorry. Still can’t get over that.

  8. I still hate Al-Beeb too, but I have to admit I smelled a rat when I saw the picture of Beyonce especially after world-leader and future presidente hopeful Michelle O said that the singer was a role model for her daughters.

    I like leaders in sequins and heels, but that may be a weakness of mine.

    Personally, I am looking forward to the cat fight when Michelle goes head-to-head with Chelsea C as to who gets to rule America. Two leaders slugging it out should be entertaining.

    PS is “Fairer pay for women” the same as equal pay, or is it, you know, more blonde and pale? Asking for a friend.

  9. She’s carried right on to a new boyfriend, less than a year later.

    Oh. Overcame her grief rather quickly, then?

    I’d grant Sandberg more credibility if her primary route to success didn’t appear to be dating CEOs.

    Indeed, so would I.

  10. I still hate Al-Beeb too, but I have to admit I smelled a rat when I saw the picture of Beyonce especially after world-leader and future presidente hopeful Michelle O said that the singer was a role model for her daughters.

    A role model who dates a rapper (not exactly known for their un-misogynistic ways, rappers) who cheats on her, then she gets back with him and has his kids. At least he’s not socked her one, as far as we know, anyway.

  11. Remember her “ban bossy” sloganeering and her thinking that telling people what to do is the same as being a leader. Based on that alone she probably terrible to work for.

    “is “Fairer pay for women” the same as equal pay”

    It is probably like the WEF’s Gender Gap report where women doing better than men is considered equality.

  12. Jordan Peterson points out that the “Patriachy” is indeed a dominance hierarchy. But then goes on to explain that all other evolutionary alternatives failed.

    I think we’re all open to change but there’s a heavy burden of proof to overturn millions of years of observable evidence, not least our existence.

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