I noticed this interesting thread on Twitter today — re: “Why James Chartrand Wears Women’s Underpants” — so of course, I clicked over to read the post.
You’ve really got to read the post in its entirity because it’s incredibly touching and honest. In short, a successful writer at one of my favorite blogs, Copyblogger, starts with this:
“You know me as a regular Copyblogger contributor for just shy of two years. And yet, I’m a woman.
This is not a joke or an angle or an analogy — I’m literally a woman.”
She goes on to tell her story: she was a single mom with two young daughters who’d left an an unhealthy relationship. “The welfare application was on my kitchen table. It was filled out and signed…”
You’ve really got to read the whole story here, about her crappy jobs (writing gigs that paid $1.50 per article!) and the day that she “tossed out a pen name, because I didn’t want to be associated with my current business, the one that was still struggling to grow. I picked a name that sounded to me like it might convey a good business image. Like it might command respect.”
She sums it up: “My life changed that day.”
Most of her fans are applauding her for being so honest. Others say they’re angry because there’s still such a gender divide in the workplace. Some, however, have responded to say that her story sickens them.
Of course, I’m now following her on Twitter — Men with Pens — and I laughed when I read her recent Tweet about “coming out:”
“The funniest part? Commentators who used to write that I knew nothing about women. Mmhm.”
What do YOU think?
On a practical note, I can’t help but wonder how she handled phone calls with clients. (Didn’t folks ask to chat with her on the phone, and then wonder why James was a woman?).
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