“To generalize is to be an idiot.” – William Blake
Women In The Workplace: A Guide For Survival
I was recently called into my boss’s office for a “chat.” Usually, these conversations aren’t good, so I was mentally prepared for some sort of reprimand or disciplinary action, though I had no idea what for.
“You need to work on how you communicate. You come across as very defensive and emotional and it makes it difficult to have real progress,” he explained, very matter-of-factly.
I was taken aback. Throughout my tenure with the company, I’ve spent a great deal of energy trying to adjust how I spoke so that my message wasn’t lost in female-to-male translation. After the meeting, I asked a female coworker if she agreed with his assessment. She explained it was her personal experience that, when she spoke in a deeper and slower octave and nodded along as he spoke, she was able to side-step any miscommunication.
This is just one, small example of how women have to adjust in a male-dominated work environment. You need to know the rules to play the game and those rules aren’t always clear.
One editor at the Wall Street Journal celebrated her last days with the company by writing a provocative memo. In it, she provides a glimpse into a world ruled by “Good Ol’ Boys” and explains how to survive in a job, dominated by men.
If you grew up in the 90’s, you probably indulged in all of the popular, after-school shows that dominated the airwaves. From Full House to Beverly Hills: 90210, 90’s kids were raised on a healthy diet of bad comedy and teenage, sex-fueled drama.
Among the most-watched tv series of that time period was Saved By The Bell, a show that glamorized con artists and older managers taking advantage of teenage girls. (Seriously. For a good four episodes, American sweetheart, Kelly Kapowski, dated her manager at the diner who looked to be about 30).
The show truly was god awful, but at the time, all we saw was a close group of good-looking teenagers pulling zany and hilarious antics.
Saved By The Bell has resurfaced recently, but not because it’s a timeless, cinematic masterpiece. In the series, “Zack Morris Is Trash”, the narrator hysterically explains how backward the TV show was, causing older people to wonder how they ever watched it in the first place and younger people to wonder how it ever gained such notoriety.
Here is just one of the entertaining reboots.
Organized religion is at an all-time low worldwide. Yet you wouldn’t know that by looking at Hillsong U.S.A. The American outpost of an Australian Pentecostal megachurch which has managed to become mainstream.
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