When Does it Change From ‘Not Bad for a Girl’ to ‘Not Bad for Someone Your Age?’

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Lisa Hickey is CEO of Good Men Media Inc. and publisher of the Good Men Project. "I like to create things that capture the imagination of the general public and become part of the popular culture for years to come." Connect with her on Twitter.


  1. Woot woot. Good story. (Not bad for a CEO).

    I wish MY mom had taken me, um, climbing ridiculously tall things.

    • Lisa Hickey says:

      Thanks for the kudos.

      Yeah, no one ever took me climbing either. Not sure when I started to fall in love with climbing “ridiculously tall things”. But it’s the “ridiculously tall” that’s exactly the appeal to me. I can’t climb just the medium-sized stuff and be happy. I need to climb the tallest thing in the vicinity.

  2. “At the top, the guide says to Johnny, “Your mom is one strong lady. You should be proud.”

    Translation: “Not bad for a girl.””

    I wouldn’t necessarily read condescension into that. It might also be something along the lines of “Wow, I don’t know many who could do that, give kudos to your mom.” Regardless of age, size or your genitals. Going up the Everest or similarly high mountains is something a tiny % of people ever do. Some are not fit, some are lazy, some are not interested, but those that do still merit praise, and not just “for your category”.

    • To the some are not fit, lazy and not interested, I mean the non-climbers.

      I’m both not fit and somewhat lazy.

    • Lisa Hickey says:

      Right — but it wasn’t like the guide said to me “hey, give your son kudos, he did a great job”. I believe that was assumed, that *he* would.

      That said, I don’t really see the phrase as “condescending”, although I’m sure many do.

  3. Tom Matlack says:

    I am with you on the Steve Jobs approach to getting older Lisa. I’ve been reading the biography and really enjoying it. He was such a wack job really. Came at the world in such a different direction from most every other CEO. Standing at the intersection of technology and the humanities. But the thing I like the most is his utter belief in Eastern intuition over Western logical, linear thinking. He didn’t market test products because he felt that customers didn’t know what they really wanted until they saw it.

    I think the same thing can be applied to age. We are obsessed with this linear progression to death. It’s really pretty depressing. But I actually think there is a different reality if we are open to it. That life is more circular than square and in fact we are growing younger rather than older.

  4. Age, bodies. Writing a post on it today. Really lovely words, Lisa.

  5. LOL! Now there’s a take on “Hockey mom” you don’t often see. Very cool!


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