Yep, it’s this stupid:
American author and journalism professor Katie Roiphe, who wrote an essay entitled Elect Sister Frigidaire about the strange antipathy so many women feel for Hillary Clinton, suggests that we may like to imagine strong women but that we don’t actually like them. As much as women complain about the differences in salaries, support quotas, pay lip service to breaking the glass ceiling – when a woman actually makes it big, for many the reaction is not joy – far from it in fact – many women are downright miffed.
Instead of being inspired and motivated by the success of other women, it seems to be perceived as a direct attack on their own life and to provoke comments that cut the successful woman down to size.
The phenomenon is that much stronger if the standout woman is not only successful in her career, but is also a mother – and God forbid attractive as well! Any mother working full time who makes an effort with a group of full-time moms – maybe even brings a cake she baked – knows the feeling, and how hard it is to smile through the dire looks all the moms are exchanging about her.
Sisters doing it for themselves
But successful women also produce the opposite reaction: women who have “made it” are admired by other women simply because they are women. A bit the way Barack Obama can count on the votes of many non-white Americans simply because of his skin color, many women in Germany vote for Angela Merkel – even if they belong to another party – because they are so impressed that she, a woman, has “made it.”
- Not liking Hillary Clinton because she’s so strong
- Not liking Barack Obama because he’s mulatto
- Not mentioning Sarah Palin in a story about hatred directed toward strong women
Yep – let’s get it on.