The double standard

“Too often, men regard a woman’s growth not as enrichment of her life but as a threat to his. If a woman is beautiful, she’s called spoiled. If she’s too intelligent, she’s called ruthless. If she’s assertive, she’s called aggressive. That natural desire of today’s woman for the kind of autonomy and self-esteem men take for granted is regarded not as something they want to add to their lives, but as something they want to subtract from men’s”

in Cosmopolitan; recorded 2/6/79

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