A Rant About Women, he titles it, which is like dangling raw meat right there—or should I say, holding it out on a very long stick. Like they do at the zoo.
So Shirkey realizes he’s been conned, and by a bright student, and the realization makes him rather pleased. For is not his male student a reflection of himself? Many men feel that way; it is why they are such odd, competitive little creatures, and also why they feel, deep inside, like losers. And fear quite pitifully that anyone should know. A fear, a life of bluffing, women simply have no need for. Making us the far saner gender, but that is rather a given.
… I’ve grown increasingly worried that most of the women in the department, past or present, simply couldn’t write a letter like that.
This worry isn’t about psychology; I’m not concerned that women don’t engage in enough building of self-confidence or self-esteem. I’m worried about something much simpler: not enough women have what it takes to behave like arrogant self-aggrandizing jerks.
Note that here Shirky allows himself to behave like an arrogant, self-aggrandizing jerk. Pretending to disappear from the narrative whilst pulling various strings, which is not a bad thing, in art; when it’s the unconscious talking, not so nice.
It’s not that women will be better off being con artists; a lot of con artists aren’t better off being con artists either. It’s just that until women have role models who are willing to risk incarceration to get ahead, they’ll miss out on channelling smaller amounts of self-promoting con artistry to get what they want, and if they can’t do that, they’ll get less of what they want than they want.
It warms the cockles, it does. How Mr. Shirky cares for the welfare of his female students.
There is no upper limit to the risks men are willing to take in order to succeed, and if there is an upper limit for women, they will succeed less. They will also end up in jail less, but I don’t think we get the rewards without the risks.
A certain weariness befalls me—jail? he makes a point about jail?— as I read the rest, but then I realize, Shirky really thinks the world brought about by men being assholes has anything at all to recommend it!
Part of this sorting out of careers is sexism, but part of it is that men are just better at being arrogant, and less concerned about people thinking we’re stupid (often correctly, it should be noted) for trying things we’re not qualified for.
Dude! Did it never occur to you that we’re on a different page altogether? One way ahead in the book?
That pissing contests may get you quick wins—but it also puts people in charge who are good at nothing but pissing? And lying? And cheating?
I’m telling you, we are after something more, we can see it and taste it. The old road is rapidly aging, please get out of the new one …