The fact that Bloomberg’s Businessweek wasn’t kidding when it asked readers to vote online for the MBA programs with the hottest coeds – because they’ve done things like this before – is killing me.
Reactions to the tweets were overwhelmingly negative after the magazine promoted its poll with a message to followers, asking, “Which business school has the most attractive female students?”
Sure, this is a story that has been covered before, but after being hit with “binders full of women” and technicalities on rape versus “legitimate rape” and its supposed part of “God’s plan” during the election, many women like myself, as reported in The Daily Dot, just couldn’t take another cheap shot.
At least, we did receive an official apology from Rachel Nagler, head of communications for Bloomberg Businessweek via The Huffington Post:
We regret issuing two online polls last week that asked our readers to comment on which business schools had the most attractive male and female students. The Face/Off polls have been taken down from businessweek.com. They were in poor taste and undermine the tremendous value our Business Schools vertical provides.
Hey, we appreciate that and all, Nagler, and “Imma let you finish” (in the words if Kanye), but more women are going to business school than ever before. And the way the magazine honors this is with a headline essentially encouraging boys to ditch the gym and grocery store because grad school is the new meat market?
Congratulations, ladies. Your time spent overcoming obstacles of objectification to become an equal part among America’s brilliant business minds has got you in another pageant. What’s next? Are we going to ask lady MBA graduates to accept their diplomas in swimsuits and heels while the crowd holds flashcards with scores?
Read on to view the tweets responsible for the backlash that prompted the magazine’s apology and retraction of the poll.
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