This incident took place a few months ago, but provides another example of the rampant misogyny within my team at work. The context is a discussion about the declining number of women in our team and how we are treated (we are now about three women to 12 men) and recent hiring practices.
Male Colleague: Well, you know… it makes sense not to hire women. They are more unstable, aren’t they?
Since my jaw was on the floor and I was incapable of speech, I didn’t have the wherewithall to call him out and ask him exactly how he meant that statement to be taken. Unstable how:
- Too flighty?
- Too emotional?
- Too PMSy?
- Too likely to get pregnant?
- Too likely to need days off to care for the kids?
- Too lacking of a penis?