Speaking up

Michelle Obama says men are ‘entitled and self-righteous’ and women have a role in that outcome

Former First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during the second day of the first Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. November 1, 2017. (REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski)

In a wide-ranging conversation on Wednesday in Chicago at the inaugural Obama Foundation International Summit, former first lady Michelle Obama spoke out on gender issues, saying that men have become “entitled and self-righteous” because society protects them more than it does girls.

“It’s like the problem in the world today is we love our boys, and we raise our girls,’ Obama said in a conversation with poet Elizabeth Alexander. “We raise them to be strong, and sometimes we take care not to hurt men — and I think we pay for that a little bit.”

She also cautioned that, though men may turn out to be flawed, women need to be mindful of their role in that outcome. “Are we protecting our men too much so they feel a little entitled and self-righteous sometimes? But, that’s kind of on us too as women and mothers, as we nurture men and push girls to be perfect.” She also joked with men that they need to take a cue from women and talk with one another more than they do.

“Y’all should get you some friends,” she laughed, pointing to the men in the audience. “Y’all need to go talk to each other about your stuff, because there’s so much of it! Talk about why y’all are the way you are.”

Obama has touched on this theme before. In a conversation last year with Oprah Winfrey, she gave some blanket advice to men: “Be better at everything.”

The conversation touched on a host other topics as well, including her upbringing in a working-class Chicago family, how she was raised to have a voice and use it, her father’s role in the family dynamic, her time as a working mom, and how social media is affecting young Americans. “You don’t tweet every thought. Most of your first initial thoughts are not worthy of the light of day. And I’m not talking about anybody in particular,” Obama laughed. “I’m talking about us all.”  Watch the full discussion below.

Read the full story at The Daily Mail.


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