So, normally, I try to stay away from commentary on other people's opinions, because everybody's got one and if they were all the same, this world would be a very boring place. But, a couple of weeks ago I posted on Penelope Trunk's article regarding ettiquette, and voiced my own opinion that she was way off base. Well, she's at it again and honestly I am now beginning to wonder if her writing is satirical because her advice to young professional women is REALLY out there.
Encouraging "girls" to date their co-workers (which many companies frown heavily upon,) to showing "just enough flesh," to the clincher - "tone down your work ethic" to play with the boys? Seriously? Is she for real?
Ms. Trunk's comments are so superficial and borderline offensive that it frightens me that young women entering the workforce could actually be listening to her and taking her comments to heart. Don't get me wrong - I am not some feminazi militant HR beeyotch that thinks that Corporate America is an equal playing field for the sexes, yes, we still have a long way to go on that front in many circumstances. Still, I have to draw a line somewhere. To suggest that highly educated women play to the submissive sterotypes of days of yore? To actually advise someone entering the workforce to conduct their professional career in the manner in which Ms. Trunk suggests is plain idiotic. "Expect sexual harrassment?" Why is that ok? Her suggestions are validating inequality in the workplace - saying it's ok to play the stupid girl that shows some cleavage, deals with the asspinchers with a giggle and a hair toss, and sleeps with her coworkers to get ahead in the world - which brings me back to my original question - is this chick for real?