Just so you know, this is really stupid.
Actually I don’t think so, I’m just using this as a defense mechanism. So if I’m stupid, I warned you, and you don’t think less of me. And if it’s not, well, I seem very modest and self depreciating.
Every SINGLE one of my students who got up in front of my class today to read their writing prefaced with a sentence of the sort. Yes, some of them of them were stupid, but quite a few of them were really good. And it makes me feel bad that these girls feel the need to sell themselves short.
The one’s who are good, know they’re good. They do.
But girls are taught so much to be modest, and “bragging” is a cardinal sin. Bragging is one thing, but acknowledging what you’re good at, taking ownership of your talents and using them is another.
It frustrates me.