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You know, for a girl, you can really preach.

I normally don’t read books by girls but I read your book

I never listen in while I’m running sound for these lady things but I listened this time and I thought you said a couple of great things!

We asked you to join this conference because we needed the whole diversity thing but we never expected so many people to actually like your session so much!

I didn’t think I was going to like your bit of this – I haven’t ever heard of you before – but it was actually pretty good for a girl.

I haven’t ever read your books because they’re not really my thing but I think I might tell my wife you’re safe.

I never thought I’d dig what you had to say but for a girl you were fine by me.

You know what? for a girl, you’re pretty good! I even took notes!

We’re just so past the need for feminism here. We’ve already taken care of this issue.


I usually laugh when people say these things to me – and yes, these are actual quotes from actual people at actual events over the past few years. I get it. I know people mean well. No one really intends to give offense and I’m not usually someone who looks for opportunities to be offended. People intend to give a genuine compliment, however backhanded or sexist it comes across.

I get that.


For a girl, Deborah was a pretty good army general and strategist.

For a girl, Junia was a pretty good apostle.

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