MANILA, Philippines - Are you a victim of sexism at work? Would you rather keep it to yourself than lose your job?
Are You A Victim Of Sexism At Work?
Sep 22, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Posted by : Pinoy Secret Writer
Filed Under : News & Events
Below are confessions for victims of sexism at work. Some people choose to keep it to themselves rather than voicing it out as they do not want to lose their job.
Most of the victims experience sexism from their supervisors and managers. Since these people are have the authority and these people are what keeps them in the company, they are afraid to voice out that they are victims.
Would you rather keep it to yourself or be brave enough?
- "When I first graduated from university I temped in the city for a couple of years. At one large national organisation I was working in admin. My manager told me that he wanted to move my desk by the door so that customers would have something pretty to look at when they walked in."
- "I work as a PA on a trading floor and get constant comments on my appearance. I have now stopped wearing anything even remotely low cut or tight or revealing in any way because I can’t stand the comments and the looks I get from men I work with. I used to work for someone who would make daily comments on my body and if I wore any kind of lipstick or bright colours he would say things along the lines of ‘don’t you look pretty today’ or ‘nice lips’. I now basically do not dress in colour ever and don’t wear anything revealing as I just can’t be bothered having to deal with leering men."
- "When asking my then boss for advice on how best to build a closer relationship with our divisional CEO, I was advised to ‘wear a low cut top’. I was advised not to take it up with HR or anyone else within the organisation (BT) because my ‘boss’ was so influential he would make my life hell and it wouldn’t be ‘worth it’. He’s still there making someone else’s life hell - I left. In a previous organisation I did complain. I fought and won the right for women to wear trousers after being told that we had to wear skirts because we worked with bankers, and our clients liked to see legs. There were many, many occasions where clothing and appearance were commented on in that place. ‘Bonking’ or at least attempting to ‘bonk’ female employees was pretty much an approved company sport."
Source: The Guardian