What is up with “women’s” publishing?


What is this calendar trying to tell you?

“Women:  A Year 2010 Daily Calendar” (Avalanche® Publishing) promises “Words of Wisdom for Women” and has this to say about itself: “This empowering calendar is full of wise and witty words from inspiring women. Enjoy quotes about careers, men, life, love, and motherhood all year long!”

Here’s my question, and the inspiration for this blog: Why is it only women who are subjected to this sort of publishing? Why no wise and witty inspiration for men? The label “especially for men” is strictly confined to hair renewal or something  hetero sex-related. I can’t help but wonder which 365 quotes have been deemed most “empowering”  for women, and what exactly are they trying to say to us gals? Let’s find out as the year progresses.

January 1

“One must never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”

–         Helen Keller

The man is keeping you from soaring, woman! Stop consenting to creep, already. Wait, I consented to creeping? So it’s my fault. I thought so.

January 2/3

“I’ve got my figure back after giving birth. Sad, I’d hoped to get somebody else’s.”

–         Caroline Quentin

You will never look good enough, so stop trying. Losing pregnancy weight is meaningless, because you were so misshapen to begin with. If Christy f-ing Turlington can come up with a list of self-perceived body flaws, where do you suppose that puts you?

January 4

“Beware of fishing for compliments – you might come up with a boot.”

–         Carol Weston

See January 3, and remember: tooting your own horn this way will only bring you sorrow, because other women are judging you even more harshly than you judge yourself.

January 5

“If you are too careful, you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.”

–         Gertrude Stein

Whereas if you blithely skip along, not trying too hard to get it right, you may run off a cliff but at least you won’t stumble. Let’s say you do manage to finish your project alive, whatever you were doing was done so carelessly it could all just be a big mess. But maybe you’re supposed to be just careful enough – but not too careful! – then you won’t make a mess or fall off a cliff. Can’t wait to get started on that prom dress I’m designing!


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