The Myth of Being ‘Self-Made’ Ties Right into Bootstrap Mentality – And Actively Oppresses People

“I didn’t make excuses or cry about discrimination – I worked hard to get to where I am!”

Have you encountered statements like this one? It’s related to an idea that’s common the US – that we can get anywhere if we work hard enough.

While hard work is part of the picture of success, it’s sure not the only thing that helps people get to where they are. If you think that’s all there is to it, you might look down on people you see as less successful.

But before you get comfortable with the idea that “unsuccessful” people just aren’t working hard enough, check out what Riley J. Dennis has to say. She points out why factors like luck, timing, and support systems can make all the difference.

She’s also clear that this doesn’t mean you should feel bad about your success – but this information is really important to keep in mind so you don’t end up unfairly judging other people.

With Love,
The Editors at Everyday Feminism



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Riley J. Dennis is a Contributing Vlogger for Everyday Feminism. She’s a polyamorous, atheist, gender non-binary trans woman with a passion for fiction writing, feminism, and technology. She got her BA from Whittier College in 2015 doing a self-designed major called Writing Worlds, a mixture of creative writing and anthropology, focused on realistic fictional world building. Find her on her YouTube channel, Twitter @RileyJayDennis, or her website RileyJayDennis.com.