Lean In and In and In and In and In


Even Lean In haters can concede that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg probably wouldn’t want writers and public motivational speakers to co-opt her book’s catchy title for the purposes of (at worst) shaming women and (at most ridiculous) making inane non sequiturs about ladythings. Too bad.

A Time article“article” is really too kind — entitled “Women Need to ‘Lean In’ to Pregnancy Too” (“Expectant moms need to ask more questions and do more research”) inspired me (one might say I LEANED IN) to search for other recent articles and press releases that render the already suspect phrase totally useless:

  • Why Men Must ‘Lean In’ to Support Women’s Leadership (by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark) [Huffington Post]
  • New Standing Desk From Focal Upright is a Great Way to Lean In [PR Web]
  • Do Women CPAs Just Need To Lean In ? [Forbes]
  • Lean In? Opt Out? What Moms at Work Really Want [PR Web]
  • Lean In: Are Intelligent Working Women Leaning Back? [Business2Community]
  • Does Leaning In Really Benefit Women? [Refinery29]
  • Lean In. Box Out. [Time]
  • Architecture’s Lean In Moment [Metropolis Mag]
  • Is It Time for School Business Managers to Lean In? [EdExec]
  • Lean In? Women Should Lean Sideways Instead [Mom.Me]
  • How Far Can You “Lean In” if You’re Not Pretty? [The Broad Side]
  • Professional Women : If you ‘lean in’ do men need to ‘lean out’? [Training Zone]

The leaning never ends.

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