Surfing around as I do laundry, make cornbread and generally have that rare thing called a quiet Saturday morning and came across a post by Shana Albert entitled Social Media and Gender issues come back to haunt me.
Shauna does a nice job explaining how she’s fought age and discrimination in the workplace, prior to staking out social media as her (new) turf, and then she says this thing that just got me going: “The issue is my past insecurities of being a young female professional in a man’s world. I earned my spot then and I will keep trying to earn my spot in the Social Media world now as well.”
While I respect her point of view, the big bing that went off was this: Why do women continually feel they have to earn a place in the world?
Why don’t more women recognize that they have a place, and the challenge is just to keep it, or to expand what you have?
Is this a scarcity thing? I need to make space for myself in the crowd?
Or is this a lack of confidence thing? I’m a woman and I don’t deserve anything unless I earn it and am a really, really good girl?
(Can you tell this logic makes me nuts?)
Either way, it’s not something I buy into and it seems like a particularly female point of view–and not in a positive way.
Shauna, girl, don’t ask for permission and worry you’re good enough, just do what you want to do and contribute in a positive way–you have no control over what other people think, so skip it.

Surfing around as I do laundry, make cornbread and generally have that rare thing called a quiet Saturday morning and came across a post by Shana Albert entitled Social Media and Gender issues come back to haunt me.
Shauna does a nice job explaining how she’s fought age and discrimination in the workplace, prior to staking out social media as her (new) turf, and then she says this thing that just got me going: “The issue is my past insecurities of being a young female professional in a man’s world. I earned my spot then and I will keep trying to earn my spot in the Social Media world now as well.”
While I respect her point of view, the big bing that went off was this: Why do women continually feel they have to earn a place in the world?
Why don’t more women recognize that they have a place, and the challenge is just to keep it, or to expand what you have?
Is this a scarcity thing? I need to make space for myself in the crowd?
Or is this a lack of confidence thing? I’m a woman and I don’t deserve anything unless I earn it and am a really, really good girl?
(Can you tell this logic makes me nuts?)
Either way, it’s not something I buy into and it seems like a particularly female point of view–and not in a positive way.
Shauna, girl, don’t ask for permission and worry you’re good enough, just do what you want to do and contribute in a positive way–you have no control over what other people think, so skip it.