Some Days You Just Can’t Win, Can You?

Posted on August 15th, 2017 by

A funny thing happened last week. I posted the previous blog post on LinkedIn, as I often do. (See here for the link to the post). A chap responded, apparently from an American University, that I was using a photo of a ‘pretty woman’ merely to draw attention to my post. Here is the exchange.

Him: I never know really how to respond to these kinds of posts that show an obviously attractive woman with a title about sexism or similar. Am I to immediately agree about first impressions that she is attractive, to react that we are using an attractive person to generate interest and attention in the article is an ongoing problem in the marketplace, or to be aware of our biases and perceptions about others in the human race. Pick up any magazine and see precisely this same thing — do we eliminate it by making it more common and expected?

Me: The picture is of the woman I refer to in the post. Her looks are not pertinent. I don’t understand your response, I’m afraid. Did you actually read the post?

Him: Nope. The post is simply not something of interest to me. But people are always using pictures of pretty women to attract attention to whatever they are offering. Her looks ARE pertinent for the purpose of generating attention. Pick or a magazine (or look at the stock photos used for many of the blogs). If we keep reinforcing sex as an approach to marketing, is it any wonder why sexism is still a reality? And just for reference, I HAVE called people out for this in the past in LI, for guys using such images simply to get attention to some post.

I was nonplussed and Catherine Meyer, co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party, was very amused. Perhaps he would have preferred it if I had used (by his terms of reference) an ‘ugly’ woman, and not the actual person I was referring to? It seems any woman, however modestly dressed and demurely posed, is still ‘sexual’ and not just a person. Somewhat ironic given that Catherine is suing her former employer on grounds of discrimination on sex and age.

Here’s the picture I used, provided by Catherine herself; I’ll leave you to judge.

Sometimes you just can’t win…

In other news, bookings are already coming in for our Autumn RenewYou days in Bristol but we still have places available. If you haven’t seen the information yet, do take a look, and if you, or anyone you know is interested, please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you. It’s a lovely day, informal yet energising and genuinely life changing, in a good way. You will love it!

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Is Sexism Alive and Well?

Posted on August 9th, 2017 by

‘I don’t know of one female journalist who hasn’t been discriminated against at work’. Catherine Mayer certainly has and is doing something about it by suing her former employer. More power to her. We have to call out sexism when we can.

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Women, You Are So Powerful!

Posted on August 2nd, 2017 by

Women, you are much more powerful than you realise. Small steps can lead to big changes. You can make a difference. Recognise your power. Woman Up!

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Let’s all ‘Woman Up!’ Women and Confidence

Posted on July 26th, 2017 by

If I am forced to sum up what I do in three words I will say ‘boost women’s confidence’. I hate saying it really because I hate to perpetuate the idea that women aren’t confident. Yet my recent post on Imposter Syndrome provoked so many responses that I have to acknowledge it’s alive and well. Surely after survey still tells us that women lack confidence. Really?

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Are Equal Opportunity Employers Genuinely Equal?

Posted on July 19th, 2017 by

Is there a gender pay gap? Oh yes. The BBC makes the news over unequal pay. ‘It’s the market”. Really? That market run by men, perchance?

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Do You Find it Difficult to Say NO?

Posted on July 11th, 2017 by

Do you sometimes want to bang you head on the desk at work because you’ve just heard your voice say ‘yes’ to something when in your heart you wanted to say no, but didn’t want to cause offence? If yes, this is for you. If no, well done. You’ve probably got assertiveness sussed. Or you don’t work in an office… ;>)

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