Wow… I’ll go back to be fair, but i couldn’t get past the second section. It reads like a term-paper, rather than journalism. The whole conceit of the article, that feminism and capitalism are at odds is basically just substituting capitalism for patriarchy as the grand cause any time a woman turns out to be unethical.
Yeah, it’s not perfect, but it’s definitely possible to be a responsible capitalist. The fact is, there are crappy people of all genders and races. There are good bosses and crappy bosses. If you want women to be ethically responsible entrepreneurs, have them study other ethically responsible entrepreneurs (both men and women) and have them learn from their examples. You’ll probably find some who are truly inspiring, and a lot who paint a complex picture. Kind of like most humans. And, you’ll probably have to do some soul-searching to decide what advice to take and what not to take. That’s part of being a leader.
Blaming capitalism, in my opinion, is silly.
Edit: I finished it — to be honest, the second half didn’t really connect with the first half, which seemed to be getting at a certain morally degradation that came with entrepreneurial success based on two case studies. The second half was basically a case study about challenges that women face.
I’m not in Silicon Valley, but my personal reaction is that if people are ignoring female products, they’re dumb. I have a friend who raves about the diva cup, and if I were a VC I would take that for some idea that there’s a market. Even if I wasn’t totally convinced, a little research would probably yield a lot. Despite what some people say, women talk about their periods a lot, and it’s not hard to get information.
Again, not a VC, but the same goes for the shaving for women. I happened to have a conversation recently with a woman about how women’s shavers are terrible compared to men’s. Even if you ignore all the other politics, there’s no doubt that women shave regularly, and that they would probably benefit from a higher-quality razor. It’s a little odd that someone wouldn’t have the empathy to realize this, despite them not using them personally. It’s not a difficult imaginative leap.
I’m not totally sure what being black has to do with shaving though. I get that it might be difficult if you’re the only black person in the room, and I would hope that people wouldn’t discriminate based on it, but I don’t know how it’s generally relevant in this case. It doesn’t seem like a product marketed specifically to black people. Again, I can only go from my own experience, but it simply wouldn’t be relevant in a sales pitch like this.