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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Date the bad boys

A billionaire Google and Facebook executive is pushing a new book on how she evolved into a feminist, and gave this interview:
The new book from Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” generated a controversy over the rigor of her politics before it even went on sale (which it does today). Salon spoke with her to discuss the book, its reaction and her own evolution as a feminist. ...

In the book, you talk about asking or demanding of men to step up to the plate, and also seeing them as equal partners in every sphere. What about women whose partners just aren’t egalitarian?

Look, I’m not pretending I can give advice to every single person or every single couple for every situation; I’m making the point that we are not going to get to equality in the workforce before we get to equality in the home. Not going to happen. You know, I give advice to young women. I say “pick a partner.” If that partner is female you are in good shape because you are likely to split up things very evenly; the data’s very strong that same-sex couples split responsibilities much more evenly. If you are a female and your partner is likely to be male, this is something to really pay attention to. I say in the book, date the bad boys, date the crazy boys, but do not marry them. Marry the boys who are going to change half of the diapers.
As another blogger has crudely explained, Sandberg has performed a public service by spelling out the dating calculus for today's young feminist women. This info is useful for men also. When the girl is young and beautiful, and has her choice of boys, she will prefer the exciting lover who is unsuitable as a husband. Years later she will want the sort of man who is willing to change half of the diapers.

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