I don’t think there are more chauvinists in the world today – in fact, there might be a few less than there were fifty years ago – but that doesn’t meant they don’t exist.
Just ask literally any woman who has applied for a job, especially in an industry that’s deemed “masculine,” like, say, landscaping.
This woman applied for a job she was well-qualified for, at a landscaping firm, and when she didn’t hear back she sent what I can only assume was a polite follow-up.
She received this infuriating email reply from the company’s owner:
Good evening Charlotte –
Thank you for your interest and contacting me. The position is still open.
However unless you are a bodybuilder I fear that you will not be able to handle the workload.
As it is very physical and demanding as we are a hard landscaping company.
If you feel you are up for it then feel free to contact me on the number below.
Annoying, smarmy, and just downright inappropriate, if you ask me!
Luckily, not only was Charlotte up for the job she applied for, but she was also up for putting men like Mark in their place – check out her reply!
Hi Muscle Mark –
Thank you for your quick reply.
Funnily enough, I probably have just as much experience bodybuilding as you do, which I’m guessing is none.
What I do have is years of experience landscaping and also building retaining walls in 40 degree heat as I did this for many years while I lived in Australia.
I have looked into your company before sending this email and assure you it would be no more challenging than the work I have completed before as it was to a much higher standard than the work I’ve seen your “company” produce.
However what I do find challenging is working with small-minded individuals such as yourself that I could probably bench press 5 minutes after being woken up from a 3 year coma, therefore I am no longer interested in the position.
I’m sure you will have no problem finding the correct individual at your next visit to the bodybuilding convention.
Charlotte (AKA not the body builder)
I hope Mark has some salve handy for sunburns, because it’s going to come in useful in this situation, too.
I hope that Charlotte is off to find a job where she’s appreciated and supported and where no one makes assumptions about what she can and can’t do based on her looks.
Stand up for yourself, folks. No one else is going to if you don’t.