ToDaZeD Proggie Vocab!

phrase a day!

Lean In™” — whatinhell does that even mean?

This article seems to indicate it means work harder.

…I had a life. I had friends, family, children. I had hobbies. I had a job, too, of course, but I also took occasional vacations, knocked off work at a sensible hour and got eight hours of sleep each night.

…Then I read [Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg’s book,] “Lean In” and realized that I was self-sabotaging slacker.

…I resolved to do better. I started stepping up at work: …I leaned in to the other spheres of my life, too: …

…I was miserable. I never saw my friends, because I was too busy building my network. I was too tired to do any creative, outside-the-box thinking. I was boxed in. …

Perhaps the modern equivalent of Woolf’s “room of her own” is the right to stop “leaning in” all the time.

…We have tough legislation mandating adequate rest periods for truck drivers and airline pilots — not because we think they need their beauty sleep, but because when overtired drivers and pilots make mistakes, people can die. When did we come to believe that crucial national security decisions are best made by people too tired to think straight?

Ah. “Lean In” means “do more of what *I* think you *should* be doing or I will shame you for being a slacker.”
or raaaacist.
or something.

FB C00 Sandberg is at it again with:

her campaign, ”Lean In for Equality,” featuring stars from the NBA and WNBA. Sandberg says she’s thrilled with the partnership and lauded the NBA for recognizing that “men should not just be the center of the court, but they should be the center of the fight for equality.”

men should not just be the center of the court, …interesting statement to the WNBA… but they should be the center of the fight for equality … so “we” need men’s permission participation to become equal? Equal to men?

I’m so confused.

How am I currently not equal?

Elena Delle Donne, who plays for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky, added: “My brother would always pick me above of his friends to be on his basketball teams.”

Which is a lovely, brotherly thing to do; but it’s not about being “equal.” Unless you were actually a phenomenal b-ball player — better, even, than his friends. …which you apparently were/are.

But I’m still unclear about why I’m being told that I’m not equal.

Inequality starts at home, per Sandberg, and at a very young age. “We have a toddler wage gap in this country,” she insists. “We pay little boys more for chores than little girls, and they do fewer of them.”

A “toddler” is a child between the ages of one and three. How many ‘chores’ can one do at those ages. Pick up the toys before your Leggos kill someone. Make your bed — unless it’s still a crib. … Generally one is still too short to do many other things, like chopping the veggies for the stew. Or running the washer.

And who pays kids for participating in family life, anyway?

The “toddler wage gap” is based on the difference in chores allotted to boys and girls, says Sandberg. “Boys take out the trash, girls set the table, and boys get paid more. But we can change this. Both of your kids can take out the trash,” according to Sandberg, who said she implements this at home.

You got some studies and stats to back this up, Sheryl, or are ya just going by Hillary!’s senate office procedure?

I find this whole thing baffling and offensive.

I was raised that I am equal to anyone — that’s the American way. [keeping in mind that “Equal” does not mean “the same as.” ] I was also taught that to claim to be a ‘victim’ was to refuse to do everything one could — and some things one didn’t know one could — to overcome adversity and succeed in spite of it. IOW, to accept defeat. Shameful.

So any campaign that now informs me that I am not equal makes me suspicious that somebody’s going to be doing something to make me ‘Equal’ — without my participation — maybe by crippling someone else, or by herding me into a special rez where I can be ‘protected’ from being un-Equal.

At any rate, I’m Leaning Away from this crap.

Yet more nonsense:

Sheryl Sandberg: Men should want this for themselves. There is data out there that if women entered the workforce in the same percentages as men, our GDP would grow by 5 percent.

“Out there” being the operative term:

Teh Stoopid is too strong with this one to just Lean Away. Drop to a 3-point stance and Ruuuun!!! Away.


  1. mojo
    Posted March 9, 2015 at 12:06 pm |

    Yeah, “toddler wage gap” is a classic.

  2. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted March 9, 2015 at 12:27 pm |

    Re: WNBA thing
    The Onion has the funniest take I’ve read.

    Re: toddler gap
    Living allowance, now!

    Oh, and Claire,
    I think the word you’re looking for is Procrustean.

  3. Fawkes News (#BarackLiesMatter)
    Posted March 9, 2015 at 1:05 pm |

    Soooo… I should work harder so you can confiscate the fruits of my labor and initiative and redistribute them as you see fit?

    Does the phrase “Go to hell” hold any meaning for you?

  4. Jess
    Posted March 9, 2015 at 1:34 pm |

    I can’t fathom what she’s complaining about. Women have half the money, and all the vaginas.

  5. USMC2841
    Posted March 9, 2015 at 1:42 pm |

    Elena Delle Donne of the WNBA. Does she realize that after eighteen years only half of the WNBA teams are solvent? The others rely on the evil men of the NBA to pay their way?

  6. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted March 9, 2015 at 2:24 pm |

    “Lean forward” is what a doc says before a prostate exam.
    It’s almost the same as “lean in.”

  7. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted March 9, 2015 at 7:11 pm |

    By George, DM, you’re right!

    oh. DM@2, not DM@6 …

  8. Fawkes News (#BarackLiesMatter)
    Posted March 10, 2015 at 4:25 am |

    ^^ Coincidentally, “Lean Forward” is also the motto of MS-LSD.

  9. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted March 10, 2015 at 11:01 am |

    Wait, Claire …
    are you sure they didn’t just mean spring forward?