Women are being oversensitive

A common attitude, whether it’s stated explicitly or not is that what women are over sensitive and being offended by things that don’t really exist. This perspective says that life is hard for everyone – everybody faces frustrations, is treated unfairly, doesn’t passed over for a job that goes to someone less deserving – yet women are asking for special treatment.

A useful first question would be “what are your experiences around women being over sensitive?” In terms of moving the conversation forward, it mostly doesn’t matter whether their experience truly illustrates an example of a woman being over sensitive or not, because you’re probably not going to change their mind.

Useful responses include:

  • Asking whether this invalidates all the researched and documented challenges that women face

  • Asking whether this situation accurately represents the types of obstacles that women commonly face