"I Usually Ignore the Sexism and Ageism Directed at Me. Now I’m Calling it Out."

September 14, 2022

"I Usually Ignore the Sexism and Ageism Directed at Me. Now I’m Calling it Out."

May 29, 2023

With this Op-Ed headline, Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus’ September 1 story led to nearly 6,000 comments on the Post site in just a couple of days (and thousands more on social media).

I welcome you to read not just the column but consider falling into the hellhole of the comments and rebuttals. Here’s an excerpt of why Marcus spoke out:

“I’m going to speak up because, when it comes to appearance, women can never catch a break. If a woman is too attractive, she risks not being taken seriously — most especially if she is too attractive and seems to be having a blast. See, for example, the partying prime minister of Finland…I’m going to speak up because men, by and large, don’t have to put up with this crap, and because women, too often, are cowed into silence. If we’re quiet, the abuse continues. If we complain, we are strident harridans.”

I would love to hear from a few of you Wisdom Well readers if you’d like to write a guest post considering some solutions to the lethal combo of sexism and ageism that exists in our society today.

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