The Tragic Plight of Smokin’ Hot Foxes On Wall Street
June 5, 2010 16 Comments
Via Ace, a very important story highlighting one of the most pressing social issues of our time:
This seems like a joke, but the problem of Hot Women In The Workplace strikes me as a nontrivial one. The ‘feminist’ answer here seems to be that guys all just need to be professional and cannot and should not react to this woman in the way that comes naturally. That sounds superficially fair enough, unless one takes into consideration the (very real, it seems to me) possibility that if they had all indeed controlled their libidos, this woman and indeed many/most women who look like her may never have been hired into that job in the first place. So now what?
This is really unfair of me to say, because I don’t know anything about this woman, but if you had to guess what do you reckon were her major job qualifications for this banking job (whatever it was exactly)? If you had to make a bet as to what tipped the balance in her favor, over other candidates, which way would you bet?
Whether this applies to her or not, the fact is that good-looking women start out with a tremendous advantage, especially in a traditionally-male workplace such as a bank. Of course one always likes to think one hires and fires based purely on merit, on qualifications. On the other hand large consideration is also given to things such as whether someone will be a ‘team player’, whether someone will fit in with the group.
Now, what heterosexual guy doesn’t look at this woman and think to himself: Why, I think she’d fit in quite nicely around here, yes indeed.
And especially if the job is customer-facing, like in sales, then one way or another one’s personality and charisma and related qualities have got to be a consideration. But once you go down this road, how on earth do you separate a supposedly objective menu-listing of her ‘qualifications’ in that area from the fact that she’s a smokin’ hot fox who would have clients climbing over each other to have meetings with? In some businesses and contexts the latter can have a genuine, tangible, real impact. Of course the official policy of, especially, a fascistically-regulated place like a bank has got to be that such things are not taken into consideration whatsoever.
But does anyone really believe this?
In a way I’m glad that I’m neither feminist nor politically correct because I don’t have to control or edit how I react to stories such as this. For the PC, of course, this is a Civil! Rights! Issue! Except that, what if this woman got where she was because of her looks, and there’s some ugly but bright woman sitting at home unemployed right now because she didn’t get that job. Isn’t that also a Civil! Rights! Issue? And now this woman is complaining that the bank found her ‘too sexy’ – how does that make the less-sexy female colleagues feel, do you reckon? (Civil rights issue!) On the other hand if (as is highly plausible) this woman was genuinely subjected to intrusive, demeaning, sexualized comments on the job all day long, that can’t have been pleasant for her (Civil rights issue).
I’m so relieved I don’t feel the need to take sides here. I’m happy enough just to sit this one out. And observe. Let’s observe some more: