3-Day Quote Challenge Down to One

Alison nominated me for the 3-Day Quote challenge, and I thank her.  But I am going to do some twists on it, because I am a contrary little shit.

First of all, I am only doing one day because I don’t have the attention span to do three.

Secondly, I am going to do make this into a little quiz as compensation. So, here’s the quote.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Now we can debate whether this is a bold statement regarding self-esteem or this is a perfect excuse for victim blaming.  (I think it is both depending on the context.)  But the question I have is, did she really say or write this?

Now, don’t cheat and Google it.  If I were omniscient and you did Google it, I would be all Judgy McJudgerpants on your ass.  Hey, if I am giving myself superpowers, I would have telekinetic ones too, and I would do more to you than bend your spoons.

Yeah, I am talking about you, Uri Geller. I know how to bend spoons. Just give me a tub of hard ice cream. Dweeb. Photo courtesy of Taylor Herring. https://www.flickr.com/photos/taylorherringpr/16098401967
Yeah, I am taking pot shots at you, Uri Geller. I know how to bend spoons. Just give me a tub of hard ice cream. Dweeb. Photo courtesy of Taylor Herring. https://www.flickr.com/photos/taylorherringpr/16098401967

It didn’t help that I had a dad who used to yell at the TV, “He’s rubbing the damn spoon!”

Anyway, back to Eleanor. Did she say it?  Write it?  Cast your vote down below.  I’ll give the answer later today in the comments.

9 thoughts on “3-Day Quote Challenge Down to One

  1. Well I’m going to guess no, by the logic of you asking the question.

    Speaking of attention spans as you did, I did a post about short attention spans yesterday, don’t know if you saw it? Just mentioning it because it was actually your ADHD post that reminded me I had wanted to do a post about short attention spans!

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  2. My answer is Yes and No (because I too am a contrary wee besom). Roosevelt expressed the same sentiment in a speech, using some of the same words, but it was sculpted into an aphorism by someone else either because they were looking to make Roosevelt seem more pithy than she actually was or because they wanted to attribute the saying to someone others would respect rather than to themselves. I think. I remember looking this up at some point and this was my takeaway but perhaps I am wrong and she did say it after all.

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  3. I’m gonna go with she said it or something similar enough that it has been whittled down and attributed to her.

    i never really bought the no one can make you feel something without your consent bit. It just sounds like an F-ing* cop out.

    *don’t know if you allow swearing here so I’m keeping it clean.

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    1. I just gave the full story. And swear away. I do enough of it on here.

      I agree that a quotation like that can be used as fodder for abusers. But sometimes we get too caught up with other people might think, that we should just give less of a shit and do our own thing too.


  4. It all started back in 1935 when Frances Perkins, the Secretary of Labor, was invited to give a speech on its Charter Day event at the University of California, Berkeley. The host of the event did not think it was appropriate to have a political figure to give the keynote speech and stepped down from her duties. Several newspapers got wind of this and interpreted this action as the host thumbing her nose at Secretary Perkins.

    It was at a press conference later on that reporters asked her about her thoughts on the matter. This is what she said.

    “A snub” defined the first lady, “is the effort of a person who feels superior to make someone else feel inferior. To do so, he has to find someone who can be made to feel inferior.”

    And it was somewhere between that time and in 1940 in Reader’s Digest when the quotation that is commonly attributed to her first appeared.

    And there you have it.

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