A question about female criticism that is likely to get me killed.

I am only asking, so please don’t kill me.

There seems to be an enormous amount of angry, female criticism of Sheryl Sandberg’s LEAN IN on the Internet. Tweets, Facebook posts, blog posts, commenters.


I can’t help but think that if a man wrote a similar book suggesting that men engage in a paradigm shift at work, the typical male critique would be something more like, “No, I disagree. That guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about. That’s not for me.”

There’s nothing wrong with disagreeing with Sandberg’s premise (I have yet to read the book, so I have no opinion), but the criticism coming from women strikes me as so angry and outraged.

Can you disagree with the woman without simultaneously attempting to tear her down by disparaging her career, her wealth and her parenting choices ?

Again, I’m only asking. Perhaps my perception of the situation is entirely wrong.

I’m sure you’ll tell me if it is.