TED on Women: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and Tony Porter

These two TED talks feature some dangerous lies we tell ourselves…

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: Women entrepreneurs, example not exception

One of the most dangerous lies we tell ourselves is that women are cooperative, timid creatures who have an aptitude for compromise, teamwork and nurturing. The realm of business has traditionally belonged to men. It wasn’t until 100 years ago that women stomped and fought their way into business. Lemmon believes that women entrepreneurs, who are truly a rule and not an exception are seen as an anomaly, when they should be seen as the norm, and the norm to support and invest in.

Tony Porter: A call to men

The other big lie? Well, it’s a lie we tell our sons, brothers, fathers, and friends. We tell men that they must fit into what Tony Porter calls “the man box.” In this gracious talk (Porter presents as one of the only men attending TEDxWomen), Tony Porter shows us the true meaning of decorum, shocks us with the sadly restrictive role the man box creates for men, and inspires women to consider the gender roles they reinforce for their children.

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