What if you must be heard, but no one listens to your polite voice?
In the mostly white professional-class suburbs where most of my friends live, I have frequently seen this bumpersticker:
It tends to show up on Volvos, Priuses, and other cars popular among middle-aged women with advanced degrees, though now and then it appears (in the company of many other stickers) on a less expensive car that is as much billboard as transportation.
The point (which is well understood by the kind of people who have spent their lives testing whether a glass ceiling will break if you hit your head against it hard enough) is that playing by the rules may keep you out of trouble, but it probably won’t get you where you want to go.
In the 70s and 80s when this sticker was becoming popular, the rules in just about every bureaucracy and corporate…
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