Topic: sexism in the workplace

Chauvinistic Editor Told Movie Critic: ‘Stop Reviewing Films with Strong Female Leads!’

Chauvinistic Editor Told Movie Critic: 'Stop Reviewing Films with Strong Female Leads!'

Roger Ebert gave this story two thumbs down. In a recent article in the Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert featured a disgusting, yet true account, of a Buffalo film critic named Michael Calleri who was asked by former pig of an editor at the Niagara Falls Reporter, to stop reviewing movies with strong leading ladies, specifically Snow White and the Huntsman. More »

Russell Brand Sexually Harassed A Wardrobe Girl – But Don’t Worry, It Was Funny

Russell Brand Sexually Harassed A Wardrobe Girl - But Don't Worry, It Was Funny

Let’s not pretend like movie sets operate just like any other office building. Obviously they have their own rules, their own brand of etiquette and their own relationships. And since I’ve never worked on a movie set, I probably don’t understand all of the unspoken codes of conduct. However, I’m pretty sure that demanding a woman show your her breasts is not considered acceptable behavior. Or God I hope it isn’t. More »

What Is ‘Stereotype Threat’ And Why Are You Letting It Hurt Your Career?

What Is 'Stereotype Threat' And Why Are You Letting It Hurt Your Career?

According to new research, women who flirt in the boardroom are more likely to underperform at work. The study says females who are the subject of a man’s amorous glances are less likely to do well because they get distracted. According to The Daily Mail, researchers asked 67 women to complete a math test, solving 12 problems in 10 minutes, with a male assistant. Results of the small scale study showed that women whose male partners objectified them scored lower than those whose partners behaved more professionally. Psychologists believe the lower scores could be because women start feeling anxious about sexist stereotypes, a phenomenon deemed ‘stereotype threat’, and get distracted. Lead researcher Dr. Sarah Gervais, from the University of Nebraska, said: “Even though it is just a look, it has meaningful consequences for women. It creates this vicious cycle for women in which they’re underperforming in maths or at work.” More »

Managing Men Who Don’t Understand How They Offend Female Colleagues

Managing Men Who Donât Understand How They Offend Female Colleagues

“Hey, should you be bothering the help?”

The minute I overheard this phrase slip out of one our sales manager’s mouth, I knew that it was going to be a long day. He was speaking to a salesman, who happened to be in the middle of a conversation with one of our female assistants. I looked up quick enough to see this woman’s eyebrow arch and lips purse in a a dangerous expression of controlled fury. The manager had absolutely no idea that he’d said something remotely offensive and chuckled at his funny little joke as he walked on. After a few minutes, once the office had returned to it’s normal pace, I walked into the man’s office, shut the door and said, “Are you freaking kidding me? The help?” “Oh, she knows it was just a joke,” he assured me. I tried not to sound exasperated as I reminded him, “Just because you think it’s a joke doesn’t mean that anyone else finds it amusing.”

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My Company Refuses To Use Sex As A Sales Tactic, And It Pays Off

My Company Refuses To Use Sex As A Sales Tactic, And It Pays Off

I’m sure anyone who has been to a bar knows what a “Miller Lite Girl” or “Bud Light Girl” or “Smirnoff Girl” is. It’s a common practice in the alcohol industry for companies to hire attractive, young females to go out to bars wearing skimpy branded clothing and promote a drink. They’re party girls who get paid on a nightly basis to get drunk and encourage those around them to do the same. It’s a quick way for college girls to make money while partying with their friends and the brand gets relatively cheap promotion and advertising. So why wouldn’t a company utilize this inexpensive system? Because at my company, the owners refuse to use sex as a sales tactic.
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