Female author shuts down sexist interviewer in the best possible way

Lowenna Waters
Saturday 21 July 2018 07:45
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There's no denying that everyday sexism exists, and is a constant drag on women.

Whether it's a cat call when crossing the road, an assumption based on the clothes you're wearing, or a dismissive comment in a meeting; it's a reality most women simply have to take in their stride.

It's encouraging, therefore, when someone deals with sexism in a witty, constructive, and graceful way.

That's exactly what author Lauren Groff did when she was faced with a question that's most often asked to women, but never to men.

When being interviewed for the Harvard Gazette about her work, the interviewer proceeded to ask her how she manages to get her work done while also being a mother.

She had the best possible response:

I understand that this question is of vital importance to many people, particularly to other mothers who are artists trying to get their work done, and know that I feel for everyone in the struggle. 

But until I see a male writer asked this question, I'm going to respectfully decline to answer. 

Despite being asked in all good faith, by only asking this question to mothers, a sexist dialogue is perpetuated that it's only women that deal with child care and parenting.

Many women on Twitter were impressed by her response.

And some shared their experiences of sexism.

Some men thought she was awesome, too.

Some said that in their experience men and women are asked the question.

And other men explained how they manage the juggle.

Others thought she should have just answered the question.

But some thought the response was the best it could be.

HT Someecards.com

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