Monica Drake

'Unsupported Assertion': It is Time to Dump the Old Joke About Women and Money

My husband has a habit of saying in public that I am “bad with money.” He’ll toss this out in conversation as though it’s common knowledge, expecting to be met with general agreement, not debate. If he were to write this in an essay in one of the college writing courses I teach, I’d scrawl, “unsupported assertion” in the margin, and send him back to collect research or delete the line.In the passing moments of daily life though, nobody asks for evidence.

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