I don’t know a single woman who doesn’t appreciate criticism of her work that really, truly is criticism — not a dig at her personality, not a referendum on her hair and clothing, not a word like “abrasive” that’s code for “insufficiently feminine.” And my sense is that often women take legitimate criticism well because we’re so used to having all that other stuff dragged into it that it’s a relief when it isn’t. But regardless, I’d be interested to see more study of how all sexes handle criticism — because if the Internet holds any kind of clue, taking things personally is hardly the realm of women exclusively.

–Andi Zeisler takes it personally.