Atlas Shrugged: Dagny Taggart and Feminism

“She was twelve years old when she told Eddie Willers that she would run the railroad when they grew up. She was fifteen when it occured to her for the first time that women did not run railroads and that people might object. To hell with that, she thought – and never worried about it again.”

I find this quote to be right, and inspiring. If you’re a girl, you don’t need to be encouraged before you can pursue technology, STEM and whatever else male-dominated field you are into. Just do it. On the other hand, if the only reason you went for STEM was other people’s encouragement, your momentum will fall apart at the first sign of difficulty or lack of encouragement.

[EDIT]: For anyone who doesn’t know: Dagny did end up running the railroad and building her own.

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4 Responses to Atlas Shrugged: Dagny Taggart and Feminism

  1. Liz says:

    “I find this quote to be right, and inspiring. If you’re a girl, you don’t need to be encouraged before you can pursue technology, STEM and whatever else male-dominated field you are into. Just do it. On the other hand, if the only reason you went for STEM was other people’s encouragement, your momentum will fall apart at the first sign of difficulty or lack of encouragement.”

    Well said, Emma. So true.
    I think everyone intuitively knows this, they’ve just been socially conditioned to pretend otherwise.

    • I don’t know, when I was a teenager there was a time when I really thought girls didn’t do as well in these careers because they weren’t encouraged like the boys. I know better now, but it’s easy to fall for the lie.

      • David Addison says:

        ^— truth. Look, we’re not equal, ok. This “gender/ability/race is..” or what ever the fk else is currenty hip to say “..a construct” has to STOP. Women and men both are being ruined and are deeply unhappy because we’re almost ignoring to our biological imperative for fear of being labelled weak, or missing out.

        Here’s the thing – the girls I know that have rejected the PC programming have had kids early (<25) with a quality guy that works his ass off to support his family whilst she nurtures her offspring and home. The you-go-girl types I know are in their 30's, slaving in a cubicle for 'the man' with nothing but microwave dinners and cats for company when they get home.

        We men bigged up our careers endlessly in the yester-years, mainly to disguise how utterly trapped we are by it. We have no choice.

        When women think "that sounds fun" and go out and do what men have no choice to do, they VERRRRRY quickly realise what a FKNG SHIT DEAL IT IS, suddenly wishing they'd settled down with a quality guy and contributed to society by raising a beautiful healthy family. But by then it's too late, eh?

        Girls: Don't fall for the feminist lies. You'll thank me for it, I promise you.

  2. I believe people know what’s good for them better than other people do. As such, I am no more comfortable with someone telling women who want a career that they ‘will be happier raising a family’ than I am with feminists shaming women for wanting to raise a family instead of pursuing a career. Every human being is different and should have the freedom to pursue what makes them happy, whether that is within their traditional gender roles or not.

    Also, you DO have a choice, you are the one who chose to trap yourself in the role of provider, no one else did.

    While you may have found the alternatives unsatisfactory, you still had a choice to make, and you chose to have a family and to provide for them. No one made you do that. Hopefully you find your choice ultimately fulfilling, despite how unhappy you seem to be with your job and how trapped you seem to feel by it. But just because that is the choice you made, and it’s working out for you (hopefully) and your partner, that doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for everyone else.

    And if your choices aren’t working out the way you want, make different choices. Maybe look into night courses or distance education, so you can get different qualifications. The point is, you’re only trapped if you choose to be.

    That said, I do agree that a lot of women have a romanticised view of careers and think it’s going to be super glamourous, but then the reality hits them that they are looking at 60 hour work weeks for the next 40 years and realise what a mistake they have made.

    That said, many men find themselves in the same position, in a good job, with great pay, on the fast track to a great career, only to realise it’s all meaningless and making them miserable, so give it all up to go live on a ranch or buy a shack in the woods or something, because it makes them happier to do that (Comedian Dave Chappelle is one famous example of that).

    Regarding the quote, I think it’s a shining example of how egalitarianism should be, as opposed to the toxic negativity of feminism.

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