In her experience it probably is. HS graduate w/o college degree who later held significant responsibilities at the White House Press Office, the Dept of Education, and State Dept, and travelled the world in the first and third positions (Ed doesn't really travel). She's never been harassed by a cop. Never been screwed over by banks, mortgage companies or insurance entities.
She was sexually harassed at the WHPO, though. So it hasn't been all kittens, puppies and ponies. Sexual harassment is no joke and I'd understand if her response was to blame corporate culture. But she writes it off as a jerk boss with a jerk sexual persona.
In contrast, I've been harassed by cops more often than I've been treated well by them. I've been screwed over by mortgage companies, insurance companies, and the courts. I've been treated like a meat puppet by employers, and by clients as well.
And there's the unemployment. As a guy with a relatively high capacity for learning and doing, and a broad range of educational and work experience, you'd think employment would be easy to find, especially since I'm not arrogant and don't believe the only job suited to me is King of the World. I've been willing to work for $8.25/hr, $10/hr, $12/hr despite holding u-grad and grad degrees and a work history showing high accomplishment and occasional professional honor bestowal.
But work is nearly impossible to find. Employers seem to think that perfect-fit-on-paper is the only choice to make. Nobody works to discern personal qualities. They look for an Ivy degree, preferably graduate, in the narrowest of fields conceivable for the position in question.
Or they hire the secretary (girlfriend)'s little brother to continue the fuck-on-the-side.
Meanwhile a big chunk of fiscal fatness is moving into the coffers of certain Americans, certain Montanans, certain Missoulians.
Just not toward me.
It's a good thing I don't judge myself by my salary or my job "prestige," or I'd have napped to the fresh breezes of carbon monoxide-laden "air" long ago.
I'm not deluded about what is happening in America. It's a genuine collapse that will make the "Great Depression" of the late 20s/early 30s look like the Reagan/Thatcher Go-Go 80s. And we're not going to bounce back from this one, people. A positive mental attitude is not the prescription for this terminal patient's final days.
Hastening the demise would be wiser, IMO.
I tend to agree with these comments I just read at ICH:
Walk the corridors of power in America and you will see vice, drugs, sex and corruption. America has turned into an empire of total bankruptcy and inevitable collapse. You are getting what you dished out to the rest of the world, and in my opinion the USA deserves what is happening. The average American is arrogant, unsophisticated, fat, lazy, vulgar, greedy, racist, spoiled-rich, ignorant, stupid, humorless, loud, obnoxious, gum-chewing, carbon-emitting, gun-toting, bible-thumping, flag-waving, and self-centered, globalizing, uncouth, swearmouthed and boorish non-human obsessed with sex, celebrities and McDonalds. Neanderthals that demands the entire world revolve around America! Well here is what you get for being like that! Put yourselves into therapy just might help you understand what you need to do.and
Take a look at your culture. Your movies. Your television. Your songs. Your attitudes to the world, your neighbours, yourselves. Your love of guns, war and violence. Your obsessions with vanity, greed, idiocy and superficiality. Your need to blame anything and everything else but yourselves.
Take a look in the mirror.