Saturday, January 29, 2011

Am I caught in a time warp? No sewing allowed.

I subscribe to many newsletter feeds in order to keep up with what's going on in the world today. One of the feeds is Workopolis. I'm not job hunting but interested. Lately I have been disappointed with all the career advice being given, specifically directed to women:

More candidates having plastic surgery to get the job.

The career mistakes women make.  Apparently you have to be "ballsy". Advice on how to interact with others, ensuring that you eliminate all feminine traits unless you have a job in a "petting zoo".

Women too nice to get jobs.  Being communal in academia is a "no-no".

Who writes this stuff? Is this 2011 or 1980 when it was ok for your boss to chase you around your desk, at least legally. Yes, times are tough and the economy is recovering too slowly for some of us. But has anyone considered that just maybe all those tough as nails, old boy traits got us into this mess in the first place. The underlying message is act like a man and be very attractive, and maybe, just maybe, you will be accepted enough to work here. But please park your annoying femininity at the door (except for the attractiveness) because it's not welcomed here.

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