Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Female emails

Christina Cauterucci in Slate writes: "New Chrome App Helps Women Stop Saying “Just” and “Sorry” in Emails"

"With her company’s new Chrome browser extension, Reiss has put a bull’s-eye on the tempering words and phrases—just, I think, sorry—that clutter up her emails, undermine her authority, and dilute her leadership capacity."..


"The Just Not Sorry extension, which is downloadable at the Chrome app store, underlines self-demeaning phrases like “I’m no expert” and qualifying words like “actually” in red in Gmail like they’re spelling errors. Hover your mouse over the red words, and you’ll see explanatory quotes from women like Tara Mohr (“‘Just’ demeans what you have to say. ‘Just’ shrinks your power.”) and Sylvia Ann Hewlett (“Using sorry frequently undermines your gravitas and makes you appear unfit for leadership.”)."


"“I am queen of the ‘does this makes sense?’ ” Reiss told me in a phone call, referencing one of the phrases the app targets. "

Reading through some of my emails, I do use some of those words or semi-sentences, but actually, I think I'm not sure if that's really an issue...

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