Even Lean In haters can concede that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg probably wouldn't want writers and public motivational speakers to co-opt her book's catchy title for the purposes of (at worst) shaming women and (at most ridiculous) making inane non sequiturs about ladythings. Too bad.

A Time article"article" is really too kind — entitled "Women Need to 'Lean In' to Pregnancy Too" ("Expectant moms need to ask more questions and do more research") inspired me (one might say I LEANED IN) to search for other recent articles and press releases that render the already suspect phrase totally useless:

  • Why Men Must 'Lean In' to Support Women's Leadership (by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark) [Huffington Post]
  • New Standing Desk From Focal Upright is a Great Way to Lean In [PR Web]
  • Do Women CPAs Just Need To Lean In ? [Forbes]
  • Lean In? Opt Out? What Moms at Work Really Want [PR Web]
  • Lean In: Are Intelligent Working Women Leaning Back? [Business2Community]
  • Does Leaning In Really Benefit Women? [Refinery29]
  • Lean In. Box Out. [Time]
  • Architecture's Lean In Moment [Metropolis Mag]
  • Is It Time for School Business Managers to Lean In? [EdExec]
  • Lean In? Women Should Lean Sideways Instead [Mom.Me]
  • How Far Can You “Lean In” if You’re Not Pretty? [The Broad Side]
  • Professional Women : If you ‘lean in’ do men need to ‘lean out’? [Training Zone]

The leaning never ends.

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