Excuses having to do with our parentage, or socioeconomic class, or bad fortune. Someone external had to actually – or at least plausibly – rain on our own personal lives. Only then could we excuse our own failures to thrive.
Thanks to the wonderful new world of Gender Studies, you get to go straight to “because the Patriarchy!”
It’s not art, is all I’m saying. All the nuance and flavor of the excuse is lost when you dump it all on this one gray over-arching Boogeyman. (sigh) Bring back the old days, when even the most hackneyed, overused excuses at least showed a little thought.