Ask the cubicle expat: Is your new book for guys, too?

September 12th, 2008

Bart Motes writes: I am not a woman. Can I still benefit from your book? Why should work advice be gendered anyway? Also, don’t tell people to go to law school. It sucks. (Former law review editor here.)

I answer: Bart, I would never tell people to go to law school. (Okay, maybe I sort of would, but only if they really wanted to become a lawyer.)

As for your great questions, no, of course you don’t have to be a woman. There are about two out of 225 pages in My So-Called Freelance Life that speak directly to women (pep talk for getting paid what you’re worth and not feeling “guilty” for asking for it). But men can benefit from that message too.

The reason the book is gendered is because my publisher‘s niche is “books for women.” But I wrote My So-Called Freelance Life for everyone because I think it’s silly to cut out half the audience, especially when the advice is the same for all. Lots of men read The Anti 9-to-5 Guide and said it was really helpful to them.

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