#theconfidencecode @ClaireShipman @KattyKayBBC – another collection of personal musings whilst conducting research of the #davidfosterwallace archive at the Harry Ransom Center, UT, Austin, TX (Day Eight Entry Two)

Point #2: “We [Shipman and Kay] were curious to find out whether male managers were aware of a confidence gap between male and female employees. And indeed […t]hey said that a lack of confidence was fundamentally holding back women at their companies, but they shied away from saying anything, because they were terrified of sounding sexist.”


A phrase that readily springs to mind, with respect to both the men and the women here is: grow a pair. The natural conclusion is to think that I’m referring to the dangly men bits (balls), but I see no reason why we couldn’t introduce an alternate suffix type thing, perhaps: grow a pair of ova (?). Each plays its part in the matter of human reproduction, so why not throw it out there. If you have ova, use them to your advantage. Slap them on the proverbial table and woman up and go get that job, gosh darn-it. And male managers, give them a push, that’s part of your job (to manage people) – so when Perfect Polly is sitting there stressing out that she only actually meets 99 per cent of the listed qualifications needed to apply for the job, whilst Over-Confident Olly is polishing his Resume at only 59 per cent ready, give her a kick up the ass (not literally) and tell her to grow a pair (not literally) and stop being concerned with coming across as sexist, because that sounds like hog-wash: “Oh, I didn’t want her to go for the job, even though she’s pretty much perfect for it, because I may come across as being all Hugh Heffner and stuff” – grow a pair, male bosses (oh, and tell Over-Confident Olly to sit the heck down and start working on his competence, for crying out loud).

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