Big Controversy, Alexa, Round Up, and More!!!
|October 12, 2010||Posted by Roshawn Watson under Uncategorized|
By: Roshawn Watson
Disclaimer: I am deliberately treading carefully with this post because of the sensitive nature of the topic. By even mentioning something so controversial, I risk upsetting some and enraging others. I seriously considered not discussing it to avoid such polarization; however, I believe that it would be quite unfortunate to allow political correctness to preclude having meaningful discourse about an issue that affects us all. All I ask is that you keep an open mind.
This weekend, I became aware of a recent article written by Penelope Trunk, founder of the Brazen Careerist (and two other start ups), which has a very unpopular premise. She argues that Women Don’t Run Start Ups Because They Rather Have Children. She likens being an entrepreneur to having a mental disorder and says ” I am officially not crazy enough to spend another year missing out on being with my kids.” Brazen Careerist is now going to be moved and run by a new CEO. She can reclaim her life now, as she will no longer oversee operations nor be the primary company visionary.
Upon reading, I sent out a few email queries and tweets to several female professors, bloggers, and other professionals. Their responses ranged from calling Penelope’s opinion “sexist” and grossly “generalized” to saying that they typically “agree with most of what she is saying.” However, most of the responses had an overtly negative tone. When I asked one person why she thought Penelope was sexist, I got ” most people want to be judged for their own actions not the actions of others of the same sex, race etc.” Now, I personally didn’t think that Penelope was saying it is okay to judge anyone but rather discussing her own experiences and observations, but that’s just my take (and I have been told I am wrong). The shortest reply was “I find it makes me angry…but thanks :-)”
For me, this article hits close to home for two main reasons. First, I know some fiercely intelligent and ambitious women and am quite curious about the motivation behind their career choices. For example, starting your own research program is similar to running your own start up in many ways. There’s a high failure rate, you work very brutal hours, and you need an unparalleled drive, passion for, and an ability to sell your ideas. Some of the brightest women I have had the privilege of knowing have decided against going this traditional tenure-tract faculty route citing lifestyle restrictions as a major consideration. Another reason I found the article interesting is because I am an entrepreneur. I blog to help people (and I enjoy it) but not because of its business model. I do have more profitable endeavors. Thus, her discussion of the entrepreneurial lifestyle peaked my curiosity.
In short, I found her commentary on her experiences and observations to be quite candid and insightful (insider’s perspective so to speak). I truly believe such opinions affect us all (whether directly or indirectly). After reading her post, I am left with so many questions that perhaps you will be kind enough to help me with in comments.
1) Why do you agree or disagree with the author’s opinion?
2) Is it perceivable that there could be at least some validity to what she is saying (despite the generalizations)?
3) Are men and women so different that the overall familial unit may typically be better served in a particular way (noting that there are always exceptions)?
Exciting News!!!! Last Wednesday, I met the Alexa Challenge goal by crossing the 200,000 threshold! I changed to this domain back in early July, so it took 3 months to go from 1.9 million to underneath 200K. I send a heartfelt thanks to all who made this possible with just 1 article and 1 round up per week! Your efforts have truly been remarkable, and I am very grateful!
Now, it’s time to do the weekly Uncommon Money News and Yakezie Round Up.
Uncommon Money News and Yakezie Round Up
In preparing to write my posts, I often come across noteworthy and sometimes bizarre financial and business news. Below are links to some of these sites. Enjoy!
To my readers: I am so honored by your support. Together, we are telling thousands of the importance of financial literacy. I absolutely could not do it without you: you are vital! Thank you sincerely.
Personal Finance (Yakezie and other PF bloggers)
I’m Sick of hearing It’s For The Kids at Free From Broke – Craig discusses how some parents who are financially struggling still manage to lavish every gift on their kids
You Just Won 1 Million, Now What at KNS Financial – Khaleef knows it is fun to dream and begins to tap into ours with this fun post. He thinks his plans are boring, but most would call them sensible and charitable. What about you?
What Do You Need To Get Out of The Rat Race? at Invest It Wisely – Kevin talks about what is financially necessary to never be forced to work another job that you hate. (Of course, if you really hate it, the time to plan your departure is now.) Ponder what financially freedom would feel like for a while, and then check out his detailed and insightful analysis.
Ignored Tip for Building Wealth at Money Reasons – Money Reasons believes this tip is often ignored in our pursuit to build wealth. Have you ever experienced the death of a dream? It’s tragic! Learn how winners handle this.
Financial Discoveries In a Consumerist Culture at Saving Money Today – This guest post by Aloysa is quite interesting because it discusses being exposed to American consumerism while being from a country with diametrically opposed values. It’s quite enlightening to read her four discoveries!
To Annuity or Not Annuity at Everyday Tips and Thoughts – Kris discusses whether annuities (insurance-investment products that can guarantee you an annual income) have a role in your portfolio.
The International Currency War at Beating The Index – Mich discusses the currency war and how to capitalize from it.
Entertainment Money News
Please Unbreak My Heart – Toni Braxton Bankrupt Again (Could Owe $50 million)
- Carnival of Personal Finance at Canadian Finance Blog – The Problem with Being Budget Minded is Other People
- Carnival of Financial Planning at Consumer Boomer – Economists Blame ME for the Slow Recovery and Why Is Debt Really Decreasing?
- Festival of Frugality at Fiscal Fizzle – Do Competent Kids Need an Inheritace?
Round ups that linked to posts from this site
- Khaleef at KNS Financial–Education Edition Round Up
- Kevin at Invest It Wisely – Weekend Reading: The Changing Seasons Edition
- Laura at Move To Portugal – Financial Freedom Edition
- Money Reasons – MR Cache: Winning Across The Board
- Mich at Beating The Index – Thanksgiving Edition
- Kay Lynn at Bucksome Boomer – Week in Review and check out (Please cancel my account)
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