Deborah Tannen on Clinton

[A note: It should go without saying, but I know it doesn’t– This is not an argument against all criticism of Clinton. Nor is it an argument in favour of Clinton.  It is instead a discussion of particular barriers, related to gender, that Clinton faces.]


And they are all related to the double bind that confronts women in positions of authority, as I recently wrote in the Washington Post.A double bind means you must obey two commands, but anything you do to fulfill one violates the other. While the requirements of a good leader and a good man are similar, the requirements of a good leader and a good woman are mutually exclusive. A good leader must be tough, but a good woman must not be. A good woman must be self-deprecating, but a good leader must not be.

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