Yes, in my single, young womanhood, this was an issue. Not even that young–maybe mid-30s in age, the mid-1980s in era. Back in the days when we women were straddling a generational shift. Our moms were homemakers and deferential (at least on the surface) to men. Our fathers and other men ran the show (at least on the surface).
I remember this distinctly: the husband of a friend telling me that he couldn’t set me up with any of his friends because I would intimidate them.
Now, this makes me laugh riotously…it’s been a long time since anyone’s said anything like that to me. Maybe the world changed. Maybe I learned to moderate my style. I don’t know. (It’s probably that I stopped giving a shi t.)
I do know this: I can’t imagine EVER being interested in a man I would intimidate.
The world has changed and we’re a couple generations past that. Many young women today are accomplished and confident. Many young dads unabashedly share parenting and household duties. Which brings me to my question:
Do sharp young women today face this idea of intimidating men? Some of these young women are your daughters, granddaughters or–even YOU. So tell me what it’s like today.