True or false?
Career equals glamour, passion, and a life fully lived.
According to Kay Hymowitz in Chapter 2, this statement is true for the Generation Y women who have grown up alongside the Powderpuff Girls, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and the Sex and the City heroines. From these shows alone, girls are taught that they have the power – the power over themselves and over men. The greatest enemies are insecurity, lack of ambition to achieve their dreams, and any man who might distract them from their dreams.
Hymowitz points out that for the last 40 plus years, this mantra of “girl power” has taken American culture by storm. The tempest started first in 1972 when Congress passed Title IX of the Education Amendments, thus mandating that no boy’s sports teams could exist without equal representation of girl’s sports. This raised sports to the forefront of the typical American home and made parents nudge their girls into sports they were before unlikely to play. Coaches were determined not to let their girls teams play like girls and marketers jumped on it to create the Supergirl.
Amidst all the hustle and bustle, it’s almost as if these politicians, parents, coaches, and marketers unknowingly turned their girls into the men they convinced their daughters they didn’t need.
And what do we have now? A whole infantry of alpha females who have no one to turn to because they’ve been taught they need nothing but ambition and confidence. Is this what feminism wanted to create? An infantry of lonely women?