Why should feminists have to apologise for Sheryl Sandberg’s actions?
In making Facebook’s chief operating officer’s failings a ‘feminist issue’, we risk further marginalising those doing the mundane work of scrounging for cash, mounting legal challenges, gathering statistics on inequality and setting up discreet support networks.
On behalf of Feminism Inc., I would like to offer my sincere apologies for the behaviour of our CEO, Sheryl Sandberg. In light of recent revelations regarding Sandberg’s response to far-right propaganda on Facebook, we have requested that she tender her resignation.
Even with reports now claiming that Mark Zuckerberg was aggressively blaming Sandberg for the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, we accept that this does not excuse the latter’s actions. They do reflect badly not just on her; they reflect badly on all women, everywhere (Zuckerberg, meanwhile, is in no way representative of all men. Thankfully, the only man at all like him is the fictional character called Mark Zuckerberg in the film The Social Network. Phew!).
Back in 2013, when we first appointed the Lean In author chief feminist, we had no idea things would end so badly. It was, on reflection, a mistake to make Sandberg the elected representative of everything to do with the feminist movement ever.
Some of us were too busy smashing our own glass ceilings to notice Sandberg’s obvious flaws; others were distracted by berating the nanny and underpaying the maid. No more, though!
Henceforth we shall work to create a feminism based on improving the lives of all women, not just those at the top of the corporate ladder. If only such a feminism existed already!
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