Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Clay Shirky's blog post: A Rant About Women

A Rant About Women
They aren’t just bad at behaving like arrogant self-aggrandizing jerks. They are bad at behaving like self-promoting narcissists, anti-social obsessives, or pompous blowhards, even a little bit, even temporarily, even when it would be in their best interests to do so. Whatever bad things you can say about those behaviors, you can’t say they are underrepresented among people who have changed the world.
But isn't a jerk still a jerk, regardless of gender? Look at what happens when women assert themselves the way men do. It just doesn't work. Studies about office behavior have articulated the differences to the response. Culture is a difficult villain to be up against.

I wonder if the same ratio applies to artists.
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.
Now that, I can say "amen" to.

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