That whole ‘so you can have it all,’? Nope, not at the same time. That’s a lie.
It’s not always enough to lean in. Because that shit doesn’t work all the time.
It’s official; we have a fight going down and former First Lady, Michelle Obama is taking swings while cussing like a sailor (that may be a bit of an exaggeration). It all started when Obama was delivering a speech on her tour to promote her new book, Becoming, at the Barclay’s Center in New York, when she addressed Sheryl Sandberg’s notion of the necessity for a woman to balance work and family.
The comment was fueled by a 2013 book penned by Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg entitled. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. Obama’s stance on the matter “leans” more toward the idea of what works for one woman won’t necessarily work for every woman.
The idea that one general rule can encompass a whole gender is not only moronic but insulting. The embattled COO from Facebook has ruffled feathers across party lines, financial approaches, and personal beliefs.
Sandberg believes that by simply facing your fears and dealing with insecurities head-on, a woman can find her ideal balance between home-life and work-life. She’s coming from a place that is unrelatable. While pulling in $25.5 million a year, working ungodly hours, and jet-setting here and there, the notion of understanding the plight of everyday Jane is laughable. Add in the fact that she’s white to the elite richness and you a recipe for stupidity at the highest level.
Having the spotlight on her as a mother, public figure, and leader of civil rights development, Michelle Obama has a pretty good idea of what it takes to balance the swinging scales of life. While Sandberg herself has two children, she can’t just lay out a blanket statement and say that one path will work for everyone, because it won’t.
If you are going to “lean in”, lean out, or move at all, then you might as well grab yourself a drink, make some popcorn, and sit back because this is going to be a fight for the ages.