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Ivanka Trump Wrote a Painfully Oblivious Book for Basically No One

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p Ivanka Trump, a daughter of and aide to the man whose election drove women to mount the , has published a new book.

In the preface to the book—titled “Women Who Work,” after an “initiative” she launched, in 2014—Ivanka emphasizes that she wrote it before Donald Trump became President.

(Instead, she has been , where she has nearly four million followers.)

Nonetheless, it is immediately obvious that circumstances have gotten entirely away from her.

Now that her father is the President and she has assumed a post in the White House, it feels downright perverse to watch her devote breathless attention to the self-actualization processes at work in the lives of wealthy women while studiously ignoring the political forces that shape even those lives.

“We must fight for ourselves, for our rights not just as workers but also as women,” Ivanka writes, and, elsewhere, “Honor yourself by exploring the kind of life you deserve.” The imagined audience for the book is so rarefied that Ivanka confidently calls paying bills and buying groceries “not enormously impactful” to one’s daily productivity.

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