Casual Fucking Sexism.

There is way too much casual sexism on the internet. Way too much by half. One of the big things that strikes me is how many people seem to think the battle for equality is over.

It isn’t. Far from it.

But when this point is raised; that is, that sexism is not over; invariably we are given the same advice; just report it to HR. All will be good. Hmmm.

To illustrate this point I will give a few examples from my own little world right, from when I started working in 1993 to the present day.. For clarity, I have given what roles or professions I was in at the time.

1 – Having my tits groped by a customer (barmaid)

2 – Being hit on the ass by a technician (engineer)

3 – Being stalked by a technician outside of work (engineer)

4 – Being asked to come and sit on my lap (engineer)

5 – Being told by my boss that he would like to see me in a bunny suit (scientist)

6 – Having said boss touch himself and pull his cock in front of me (scientist)

7 – Being abundantly qualified (degree, post grad, Fellow of the RAS), to run my department. Being set up to fail for the interview. Job given to someone who doesn’t even hold a degree in the subject and has not taught the subject to the level that is required before (academia)

8 – Being told whilst making a cup of coffee that I was in my ‘natural environment’. (academia)

9 – Being objectified in front of about 100 people by a colleague. Think pointedly looking me up and down. (academia)

10 – Being repeatedly passed over to go full time and then having the hours I need given to other people. (academia)

11 – Being told in a discussion with my boss and HR that now that I have kids, it’s best I focus on them (engineer)

12 – In an interview for a job, being asked what would I do if my children are ill? ‘Cos there is already one woman in the team who has children. (engineer)

I and other women have to experience this bullshit every single fucking day. It is part of my working life.

SO DON’T GO FUCKING TELL ME TO RUN TO HR. I NEVER SOLICITED YOUR ADVICE NOR DO I NEED IT.

I JUST WANT IT TO STOP. NOW.

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