Tsk-tsk, Sheryl Sandberg. / Steve Jurvetson
The Baffler,  May 10, 2016

Daily Bafflements

Tsk-tsk, Sheryl Sandberg. / Steve Jurvetson


• Since Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In came out in 2013, a slew of Lean Out” polemics have called out Sandberg’s short-sighted approach and her hasty gloss over issues like paid leave. We at The Baffler believe the first and best of these was Susan Faludi’s “Facebook Feminism: Like It or Not,” and New York magazine seems to agree. “When asked why she isn’t pushing for structural social and economic change,” Faludi commented, “Sandberg says she’s all in favor of ‘public policy reform,’ though she’s vague about how exactly that would work, beyond generic tsk-tsking about the pay gap and lack of maternity leave.” Sandberg recognized the criticisms (on Facebook, natch) this weekend.

• “Nowhere are there as many bullshit jobs,” writes Rutger Bregman over at Fusion, “as in Silicon Valley.” Juxtaposing David Graeber and Peter Thiel—and thus making a match The Baffler did back in 2014—Bregman argues that “the inability to imagine a world in which things are different is only evidence of a poor imagination, not of the impossibility of change. Basic income remains a tremendous idea.”

• Baffler blog contributor Sarah Jaffe was on This is Hell over the weekend, discussing her trilogy of pieces on Ireland. Listen here!

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