Wednesday BARB UP July 10, 2019

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This is a repost, it made me laugh, engaging with an anonymous human on the internets, not a habit of mine, I eschew troll, and yet, I did, I did it, and two years later, I would do it again.

So I did the thing I rarely do: engage in a little reply/answer with someone I don’t know on a website. The bait? An employer wondering why people in their twenties don’t show up for interview. I answered with this: “Funny. There’s so much emphasis on hiring youth. And the reality is, when you’re young, you don’t appreciate what’s in front of you. Think about yourself at 22? Full of hubris. My advice to hiring managers is to look beyond the shiny toy. Go for the demo that cares about branding, about consumers, about ROI: hire people in their 40s and 50s. Invest in your company’s future by implementing those with something to gain.” Immediately, there was a response. A male, in his thirties, using a sports analogy to mansplain to me some nonsense about inflated salaries and failing eyesight. It is my policy, in general, not to engage. But. But. But. This fella—I know right, such a surprise—went for ageism, misogyny and reduction all in one fell swoop. I answered. “A sports analogy? That’s the best you have? Please.” I noticed a flurry of activity, furious and frenzied, on the site. Notifications coming for the jugular. I opted not to read anything on the thread. I preferred to remain in this place of feeling satisfied with my first point, stated above. The fella? Maybe he gets to, in his mind, have the last word. To use his semblance of anonymity to further patronize me. I don’t know. I do know that his argument is insipid. And that to me, is very very very satisfying.

Whoopi Goldberg: “Because, in a way, I am playing a role. These are not conversations that I’m having with my friends. If they were, we’d be doing it differently. My friends and I can talk about things in depth in a different way than you can on television.”

Serena Williams: “Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve felt a need to voice my opinion and be heard. Some may not like it, and to be honest, that’s their prerogative. I respect it. Growing up as the youngest of five girls, I learned that I had to fight for everything I wanted. And I won’t ever stop raising my voice against injustice.”

Emily Nussbaum: “The terrible-men shows helped open the door for terrible-women shows, and in the aggregate, that’s a positive, because you just get a broader range of human behavior, human emotion, shame, flaws, mistakes.”

Karin Vardaman: “We don’t want to see cattle die because of wolves, and we don’t want to see wolves die because of cattle. There needs to be a way to focus on that.”

Naomi Wolf:  “I’m not saying I’m being censored, but it’s frustrating we’re talking about a book people can’t read in the United States of America.”

On Title IX and the women’s US soccer team.

The U.S. women’s national soccer team celebrates its victory in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match against the Netherlands in Lyons, France, on Sunday. (Alex Grimm / Getty Images)

Running a marathon with your MOM.

What are you feeding your dog? Pay attention. It may be linked to heart disease.

Oh, that Friends building.

Are you into injectables?

And now have a laugh with Marcella Arguello.


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