Yay! Today I am guest posting a fun and easy tutorial on paper cup lanterns over at Elizabeth Banks.
Actually, thing is, I’m a day late on this. My post went up yesterday. Today if you go to www.elizabethbanks.com you will see another post, a post I would much rather you read than my thing about paper cups. It’s an essay in response to Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. I think 50% of the women I know have read that book in the last 90 days and I suspect the other half will follow suit. And I am glad of this because, well, this book is worth reading. However, I read Sandberg’s book and wanted to write a response because, frankly, I wasn’t the biggest fan (which is why I was glad to read Elizabeth’s response).
Don’t get me wrong – there are parts of the book that made me want to grab some pom-poms and cheer along (wearing cargo pants and a sensible team shirt, obviously)….but there were other parts that made me think WTF is this woman talking about? Logistically — who is watching her kids right NOW? Does she not know what it’s like to live off an hourly job? Why is she worried about leadership when millions are just struggling to make ends meet?
Bottom line, there are people who work to live and people who live to work. For folks who fall into the former category, this an excellent self-help book.
Look, I give here credit for writing it though. There is a part of me that doesn’t want to criticize the book because it’s perpetuating a cycle of women knocking down the work of other women, which is the last thing we need right now. What do we need? We need to talk about what it takes to move ahead and bridge the gender gap. This book opens the discussion. People are crediting her with ‘bringing feminism back to the mainstream.’
“Back to the… what? Where exactly did they think feminism went? Because it’s been husslin’ my ass along for 30 years straight.”
– Excerpt from my review.
Okay, I’ll save my thoughts for another time. In the meantime, read EB’s response, or pick up the book and read it yourself. This is the sort of thing that makes me want to start a book club – so I can talk and listen with all y’all about stuff that drives me nuts. Lean In is a good book but is missing perspective, which isn’t something I can fault Sandberg for – she is only one person with one history to draw from. As am I. As are you. But I like to hear your perspective on stuff too. All stuff. Because I, or should I say we, are better for it.