The Trouble With Writing While Female

Thought Catalog

A few months ago, I was walking around my neighborhood when I ran into two young men with whom I went to college. I hadn’t seen them since they had graduated the year before I did, but we were — or had at some point been — Facebook friends, and we stood on the corner catching each other up on what was going on in our lives. Because we live in America — and because we live in New York — one of the first questions one of them asked me was what I’m doing for a living these days. Sort of. He actually phrased it like this:

“So, are you still writing for that rabid feminist website?”

What happened next was a classic instance of what the French used to call l’esprit d’escalier; staircase brain, or the experience of having the perfect rejoinder to a dinner table quip come…

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