What? What’s that? Oh, what, you are sniffing sexism but you can’t prove it? You’re working in sneaky sexism land.
How do you know you’re working in sneaky sexism land:
[fancy_list style=”bullet_list” variation=”hotpink”]
- Your boss tells you to be less “aggressive”
- You’re called out for not smiling enough
- Maybe your sweater sets are too distracting
- Happiness becomes a metric for job performance
- Lipstick, you are told, can do wonders
- Apparently you made someone cry. And that is a bad thing.
- No one likes you (or so your performance review says)
Why is this a problem?
Well, because women are never allowed to be many of the things these critiques on your performance review may say. Men? Aggressive is awesome! Don’t feel like smiling? If you have a penis, that’s okay.
Sneaky sexism is one of those things you can’t prove and can’t sue for. It’s one of those things that leads you to lose a job, but doesn’t allow you recourse. You know it’s sexist because you know of the double standard that women face (be nice, but aggressive enough to get ahead, don’t forget to make friends!), but your unemployment check doesn’t care.
So, what sneaky sexism have you encountered?