LinkedIn Photo Of Woman Gets Ridiculously Objectified, As Retold In Viral Tweets
By Yimin Huang, 19 Jun 2019
A Twitter thread about a male boss who “slut-shamed” a regular headshot of a woman on LinkedIn has gone viral, sparking numerous discussions.
A Toronto-based podcaster known simply by the name of Sawyer recalled a situation where her boss made a bizarre comment about not understanding why females complain about being sexually harassed when they do “s**t like this,” pointing to a LinkedIn profile picture of a woman he had never met.
By “s**t like this,” he meant wearing an ordinary gray t-shirt. In fact, what was only visible was the account owner’s face, collar bone, and shoulders.
As the conversation continued, a confused Sawyer asked her superior to explain why wearing a gray t-shirt was problematic. He then said she was taking “slutty pictures.” Sawyer asked him to define what he meant by “slutty,” to which he termed, “over-the-top sexy and obviously down to f**k.”
When questioned about how a smiling woman in a t-shirt could give him such an impression, the boss finally admitted that she looked “insanely hot” in the LinkedIn picture.
The original tweet was then retweeted over 74,000 times, inviting several responses from women frustrated with men projecting their sexual desires on them, and then blaming them. One user even said she had to change her LinkedIn picture as many men treated it “like a dating site.”
With many people coming forward with their own stories and opinions, the post became a discussion board on the problematic “slut-shaming” mindset. You can read the full thread below, in addition to responses to the appalling recount.
[Thread] My boss made a comment today along the line of "I don't get how women can complain about how they get treated when they do shit like this." I turned around and to see what he was talking about, and he was looking at a thumbnail of a profile pic of a woman on LinkedIn.— Sawyer (@sswyrs) June 14, 2019
She was a nice looking woman - it was a head and shoulders shot of her wearing a grey t-shirt and smiling at the camera. It was as generic as you could get, which is what LinkedIn likes for profile pictures. I was totally baffled and said "Shit like... what?"— Sawyer (@sswyrs) June 14, 2019
He clicked on it to open it full-size, like he thought I just wasn't seeing it well enough and said "This!"— Sawyer (@sswyrs) June 14, 2019
I said "Taking selfies?"
He said "Taking selfies like THAT."
I was still absolutely fucking lost, so I asked him to explain.
He said "Just, like, slutty pictures."
"Slutty" is obviously a dumb af hypermisogynistic construct, but let me repeat - it was a headshot of a woman wearing a gray t-shirt. The only skin on her you could see was her face and collarbones. I was STILL LOST and he was getting annoyed like I was being deliberately dumb— Sawyer (@sswyrs) June 14, 2019
I was getting annoyed right back, so I told him to just explain what he meant. He talked for a minute about how if you're going to post pictures like that, you deserve what you get. I was incredulous and reiterated to him that it was literally just a picture of a smiling face.— Sawyer (@sswyrs) June 14, 2019
We had this go round for a few minutes - him going come on, you know what I mean, me going no, I literally don't. Eventually, I told him to define the word "slutty". He said "way over the top sexy and obviously down to fuck." I asked him what about that picture said that to him.— Sawyer (@sswyrs) June 14, 2019
After going in circles for about ten minutes he finally goes, "Well, she's insanely hot."— Sawyer (@sswyrs) June 14, 2019
There it was.
This man saw a THUMBNAIL of a picture of an attractive woman, and decided that not only was she a "slut", but that her presumed "behavior" meant she deserved any harassment or assault she experienced - and felt this strongly enough to say it out loud, unprompted, and AT WORK.— Sawyer (@sswyrs) June 14, 2019
A woman has her smiling face on her profile. A man she has never met sees it and instantly feels rage and disgust. He believes she invites and deserves harrassment/assault.— Sawyer (@sswyrs) June 14, 2019
All because she dared to be attractive in a public space.
@ men: Don't you ever ask women why they're afraid again.— Sawyer (@sswyrs) June 14, 2019
I had to change my LinkedIn picture because you’d be amazed how many men think it’s a dating site.— Nicky (@Creamfacedloon) June 15, 2019
It's men. We act like everything is a dating site.— nerdy kinky commie (@SexualSocialist) June 16, 2019
LinkedIn, Twitter, Walmart.
We're just scum lol
He got mad bc he saw an insanely attractive girl that he knows no way he in hell he can get, which turns into rage and resentment— Gwen (@Psych0___) June 16, 2019
[via Metro.co.uk, cover image via Natee Meepian / Shutterstock.com]
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