Comedian Louis C.K. On Why Girls Will Succeed: “No. 2 Always Wins in America”
6:46 pm, November 28th | by Hillary Reinsberg
Louis C.K. — you probably know him as the hilarious comedian with the HBO show and the funny standup routines. But Louis, the champion of women leading the business world? On the whole, his insights tend to be pretty on point, so go ahead, Louis, we’re listening.
As frequently highlighted on his HBO series, Louis is a single dad to two young girls, aged 6 and 9. They’re very funny and smart young girls — and Louis knows that. And as we said, the guy is known for being right on the ball, often with a pretty unique perspective. So it’s no surprise he’s pro-lady. It is a bit of a surprise as to why he’s so pro-lady.
In a piece for Fast Company, Louis brags about his daughter’s good manners, ability to dress themselves, and tells us how great they are as company on long car rides. All great things! But he also says that from his daughters, he’s also predicted that women are destined to run the world. Why? Because they’re “number 2.” He explains:
“The next Steve Jobs will totally be a chick, because girls are No. 2–and No. 2 always wins in America. Apple was a No. 2 company for years, and Apple embodies a lot of what have been defined as feminine traits: an emphasis on intuitive design, intellect, a strong sense of creativity, and that striving to always make the greatest version of something. Traditionally, men are more like Microsoft, where they’ll just make a fake version of what that chick made, then beat the shit out of her and try to intimidate everybody into using their product.”
Say what? Girls as number 2? Yeah, it comes off a little harsh, and Louis is a comedian so it doesn’t exactly come across as perfectly earnest. But what he’s really saying here is that slow and steady wins the race.
We can’t deny it — girls are often snubbed for being less aggressive and timidly focusing too much on making everything perfect. But Louis right in saying that can work in your favor, should you look at it the right way. Sometimes you just need a comedian’s perspective to get the right take on it.