While leaving the Lifetime Fitness gym today, I noticed a bumper sticker that read, “I know I run like a girl; try to keep up.” That reminds me of the old saying, “You go, girl.” The only difference is that the old saying was meant to encourage girls to get into the game, whereas the bumper saying is a defiant challenge that this girl may be better than the boy.
Coincidentally, the book that I am currently reading is titled The Richer Sex. Although I am only one chapter deep in the book, its author Liza Mundy has already suggested that women are destined to lead most American households in the future. She says this so-called “Big Flip” is almost inevitable because women will be better economic achievers in the new world that depends more on brains than brawn.
I will try to be open-minded in reading The Richer Sex, but Mundy seems to be overloaded with hubris. Her Big Flip statement reminds me of Newt Gingrich crowing after one of his few electoral successes that his presidential nomination was almost inevitable. Ironically, he never won again and soon dropped out of the race.
I suggest that women should quit declaring that every victory is due to merit while every defeat is due to unfair discrimination. And before women start asking for a concession speech from men, they should quit asking for men to spot them some points before starting the game.