“Shrinking Women”

This has been making the rounds on the internet; thought it might be of interest:

via Rookie Mag

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4 thoughts on ““Shrinking Women”

  1. I loved this. I found that just viewing the way I was brought up versus the way my boyfriend was brought up, he to expand and me to contract, was so wrong.

  2. The first time I watched this, I instantly thought about how my parents resembled that couple, my father growing and my mother shrinking, and my mother feeling guilty every time she did something for herself or her career and constantly checking herself so that she won’t outshine my father.

  3. “I asked five questions in genetics class today and all of them started with the word ‘sorry’.”

    I’ve noticed that when I make comments in class I end with phrases like “…but I don’t know” or I preface them with a disclaimer like “I may be way off but…” I’ve observed similar speech patterns from female students since my middle school years, but it doesn’t seem nearly as common among male students. I don’t have a citation for this but I have heard that teachers tend to give more attention in class to male students, but this probably also ties into women being taught to be pleasant and soft-spoken.

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