So I’m still reading “House of Leaves,” and yesterday came upon this passage:
Will relied on aggression to anchor the world while Tom passively accepted whatever the world would give or take away. Consequently Tom won no awards, achieved no fame, held no job for more than a year or two, remained in no relationship for longer than a few months, could not settle down in a city for longer than a few years, and ultimately had no place or direction to call his own. He drifted, bending to daily pressures, never protesting when he was deprived of what he should have rightfully claimed as his own.
And it occured to me that you could replace “Tom” with “Teri” and change all the pronouns to the feminine and that statement would be no less true.