Without wishing to sound like a conspiracy theorist, if I had to invent a way to undermine feminism as a socially useful movement, here’s what I’d do. I’d set up a ridiculous standard of personal and professional attainment, one that would be unachievable for the vast majority of women who weren’t independently wealthy, white and upper-middle class and I’d call it “having it all”. After I’d set up this impossible standard, I’d be sure to make women feel like failures for not attaining it.

Laurie Penny, Women ‘having it all’ is a middle-class myth


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