Mackenzie Berg responds to Backpacker's elementary essay on "Four Reasons We Need More Female Outdoor Leaders." Despite it's attempt to encourage women to get outside and confidently take-up leadership roles, it did a really, really poor job at describing why there was a disparity in the outdoors between men and women in the first place. A four item list is also an incredibly lame attempt at talking about gender issues. First they admit they don't know the answer to this problem. Well, the problem is: patriarchy. So, the answer for Backpacker should be to fight the patriarchy (the systems in place), by producing media that instigates change and informs readers that women have been getting after it, while also acknowledging the societal expectations that may hold them back from achieving their greatest potential. This is in itself a large and complicated discussion to comb through. Mackenzie Berg, after much observation, thinking, and prodding of her own conceptions and thoughts, composed "The Conversation We're All Having Lately." And she lays it on us that the media hasn't been telling us the whole story. There are many women leading the way. There are many who, on instinct, push their limits without a drop of hesitation.