6 “Casually Sexist” Things Said To Women At Work: Casually Sexist?
I didn’t know there were grades of sexism, or in this case, outright misogyny, but apparently calling it “casual” seems to soften the blow for people who say things like: “I’m not sexist, but…” So, when I see a news outlet putting out an article about what not to say, I pay attention, and for the record, there is no casual in the sexism in the following comments:
- You probably won’t come back to work after the baby is born.
- Jane, can you take notes. (asking women to take notes instead of men)
- “Girl” or “girls (Do you hear people say that the “boys” are at lunch?)
- You need to soften your emails or take a gentler approach. (Never. Ever. Conditioned in men.)
- “Office Mom” (Anyone named “Office Dad” of the year?)
- The pretty new assistant. (How many people call men pretty?)
So, do you think it’s casual (I just typed in causal, as in a Freudian slip?) to refer to grown female workforce members as “girls” or to refer to people by their looks? I don’t think it’s casual at all, but at least it’s getting mentioned. Yay, 2016, for at least referencing chauvinism in the workplace!