Clay Shirky’s “Rant About Women”

“Not enough women have what it takes to behave like arrogant, self-aggrandizing jerks.”
“Women aren’t just bad at behaving like arrogant self-aggrandizing jerks, they are bad at behaving like self-promoting narcissists, anti-social obsessives or pompous blowhards, even a little bit, even temporarily, when it would be in their best interests to do so. Whatever bad things you can say about those behaviors, you can’t say they are underrepresented among people who have changed the world.”
Clay Shirky, January 15, 2010, “A Rant About Women

“I said it then, I believe it now. I think the concern for how other people think about you is one of the sources of essentially work paralysis among women.”
— Clay Shirky, April 16, 2010, NPR’s On the Media, defending his “Rant About Women.” Read transcript at


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