It’s not just feminists who bother me when they mistake particular women’s difficulties for systematic discrimination. For the most part, Hillary Clinton’s electoral troubles are hers and hers only – and she would have them were she a middle-aged white guy. I used to think the exact same thing back in the day Pauline Marois could not get herself elected at the head of the PQ (she has since become the party’s leader). It’s not your gender, I once wrote in a column. It’s you.
But then, I’m also not wild about those who say society is now hurting boys. See, assuming society does something bad to one gender takes responsibility away from individuals because it encourages them to blame their shortcomings on discrimination instead of blaming themselves. Sitting around feeling sorry for yourself has never been a good idea. Why promote it?