I'm going to persist with thinking about the issues Sandberg raised for me, although with trepidation given the context of her message. These issues seem to me important regardless of who speaks them. Regularly, in my classrooms young women distance themselves from feminism, thinking its work irrelevant to them, its goals supposedly achieved. But watching my daughters juggling children and careers, I know this is not true. IF Sandberg's message were that all women should stay in the workplace, leaning hard into it even as they yearn to be home with children, I would raise my voice against that message. And perhaps that's her underlying wish, expressed explicitly or implicitly elsewhere. It's NOT what I read in the book, and I'm not known for being an obtuse reader. It was never my intention to be an apologist for Sandberg. I know little of her besides what I read in the book. I'm simply trying to weave my way between the feelings the book raised in me; the messages I find useful in her writing; and the hopes I have for my daughters and granddaughters.
That said, I've written more answering the last post's wonderful, thoughtful, often emotional, always insightful comments than it would have taken to set out two new posts. So I'm putting Serious away for a day or two, and we're looking at What She Wore instead. . . okay?
And since we're relaxing, how better to do it than in a pair of silk pyjama pants I picked up in Bordeaux last spring on my Retail Therapy Day -- again, they're from the Spanish company, Nice Things. I paired them with an easy Eileen Fisher silk tank -- silk and silk, mmmmmm, and what better for beating the heat?! Not cashmere, but that's the fabric of the Club Monaco cardi (both tank and cardi are a few years old). I switched up my usual arm party by adding some cheapo red bangles to my gold First Nations bracelet, and punched the red up again at my neckline by adding a sautoir-length pendant I bought in Lisbon many Junes ago in a sweet little shop. Happy Memories. And, of course, my Wendy B fleur-de-lis. . .
wrote a post in 2007 about how they've acquired talismanic status for me because I bought them while taking a much-needed break before my dissertation defense.
Right now, I'm off to Lean In to a run before heading off to campus. Thanks for contributing to wonderful, lively discussions. I appreciate all of your comments so much.