Women offered as perks in a job ad; Women, you are your looks
Women offered as perks in a job ad (emphasis added):
Today in geek misogyny: women being offered as perks in a job ad. Event organising start-up Evvnt.com is looking for a developer, proficient in the Ruby programming language. They’re eager to get a good one, so in an advert posted to the London Ruby user group yesterday, Richard Green, the CEO and founder of the company, offers a list of potential perks. Here it is in full:
Let me know which of the following would tempt you from your desk…
- Keg of beer and beer tap fitted to your development desk?
- The recruitment fee as your welcome gift?
- 4 day week?
- Building your own team of 4 from scratch
- Shares and equity (so dull)
- Commission from online sales.
- An endless jar of Cadbury chocolate eclairs…
- 4X female french, italian and spanish junior / front and backend developers
- Your own Expresso [sic] coffee machine with frothy milk maker…
- 30 days paid holiday if taken in December and August.
Notice which of those things is not like the others? That’s right, number eight appears to be placing female employees on roughly the same level a jar of chocolate eclairs. [Rest, newstatesman.]
Right now the Euro 2013 Games are underway, and women’s soccer is receiving loads of attention. The Swedish soccer team has already played a few games, and a sexist backlash of homophobic comments immediately followed the first match, where Sweden and Denmark tied.
According to The Local, post-match comments on Twitter focused not on the Swedish players’ competence, but rather on their attractiveness. Some comments included, “Women’s football is small breasts, lesbians and short hair” and “Swedish women’s football… lesbian whores is what you are.” Swedish handball coach Andreas Stockenberg also weighed in, writing that “When the Swedish squad in women’s football has dinner with their partners there are 40 women and 4 guys” and that “they can hardly trap a sandbag.” Stockenberg defended his comments by saying that the team received “far too much undeserved media attention.”
Apparently the ultimate insult to women is saying that they are ugly lesbians who cannot attract a man, as if the purpose of women being in the world is to attract men, to want to attract men, and to care more about attracting a man than anything else. It is so tiresome to hear this kind of crap over and over again. At the same time, being beautiful is the ultimate compliment; if men like the way you look, you should be happy and not take offense that your looks are being discussed. But we’re not talking about beauty in a way that is open for personal preferences; instead, women need to be stereotypically beautiful with long hair and big breasts, and of course a straight sexual preference. Being called a lesbian is another way of insulting women, because it removes men’s attraction from women–which is the ultimate way of putting women down. Focusing on women’s appearance and telling them that they are unattractive in a world that values women’s looks more than their talent and intelligence is an attempt at keeping women quiet and “in their place.” [Rest, feministsforchoice.]