We hear two sides of the story. On one hand, we hear/see young women, basted in self-esteem all of their lives, reach adulthood. If they are half-way presentable, they are fawned over. Affirmative action clears paths for them, jobs are effectively set aside for them. Many act with a high level of self-confidence because of it all.
On the other hand, we hear from women (e.g. Tarn, Ame) that this isn’t so. Young women are not confident at all. They have huge doubts.
So what is going on here? Do women just have a built-in predisposition to have doubts, one that really can’t be compensated for by society? Perhaps the vestiges of the Evil Patriarchy are still wielding their influence. Perhaps large swaths of young women are not taught anything resembling critical thinking, so they have no idea how consider their state of affairs rationally. Maybe without strong male leadership (e.g. a father), they have no idea what they should believe. Perhaps it is just an eternal mystery, one where simultaneous contradictory views must be embraced.
Exit question: what the heck is going on here?