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Sexual Discrimination in IT?

By Stephy ·
I just read a disturbing thread, actually in fact a slanderous post, the subject of which is a friend of mine who worked extemely hard for the past 6 years and is achieving awesome results in her job as a Sales manager for a well known web host.
You can view the post here:
http://digg.com/tech_news/Hosting_Glamour_Girl_MySpace_Page_Upsetting_Customer_s_Marriages#c2719520
I for one was kind of hoping this sort of thing went with the dinosaurs and that women were equally respected in the realm of IT.

I have worked as a systems administrator for a number of years now and have always been treated with the respect I afford to others.
Should this sort of attitude still be going on today?
I would value your comments.

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Looks like most replies agree with you

by gralfus In reply to Sexual Discrimination in ...

Most of those who replied to the thread comment on her outstanding professionalism.

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Thankfully yes

by Stephy In reply to Looks like most replies a ...

Yep they do seem to gralfus.
I was just wondering if anyone else in this position had that sort of garbage thrown at them and if so, how they dealt with it.
I do get the occasional caveman to deal with but it's pretty rare.
I guess it all depends on your outlook.

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If I were a betting man...

by shardeth-15902278 In reply to Thankfully yes

I would bet it is gonna get worse... You seen MTV lately? Listened to any of the Lyrics in the current popular songs?

Life Imitates Art...Imitates Life...Imitates Art...

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Out of the ordinary

by NickNielsen In reply to Sexual Discrimination in ...

I agree that most of the posts in that thread agree with you. (Howard Johnson is right... )

Unfortunately, if you are attractive, successful and female, it doesn't matter what business or technical skills you have. Everybody "knows" how you got there. Attitudes have not changed as much as we would like. Even today, many males, and even some females, are unable to justify the business success of an attractive female in any other way.

Their loss.

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The "Casting Couch"

by LAConvis In reply to Out of the ordinary

The unfortunate side of the Everybody "knows" how you got there is that for some women in business they still use their "unique skills" to obtain postion. These are the women that are ruining it for the majority that are skilled and successful. I wish I could say that I have not witnessed this first hand but I have. It is a shame in todays society that some women feel the need to revive the "casting couch" process to get a great job.

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Agree with Nick

by Cgoeckel In reply to Sexual Discrimination in ...

Kudos to her for getting things up and off the ground and being successful!

I really think that the people out there with the negative comments are jealous that they don't have that kind of sucess in their own lives so they are taking aim at her.

But again....kudos to her and her company. Competition for Godaddy and some of the others!

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Sexual Discrimination should not happen in any career, job, etc.

by Steven78 In reply to Sexual Discrimination in ...

This is my thoughts on this matter. I am a male so you are getting a male perspective here. No matter what jop a person is in, they should not be subject to sexual discrimination, harrassment, etc. I am sort of old-fashioned, but I still believe that a women, minority, etc. has the same rights as men, etc. A woman should not be threatened by their job simply because they are a woman, and someone feels that they can use that to their advantage. They should have the right to a safe, peaceful work environment as everyone esle expects. I was raised to show respect to others, especially my elders and women. Women deserve to be shown respect no matter what job they are doing. However, there are some exceptions to that, hint: "Working Girl". I was also taught to respect yourself if you are going to have anyone else respect you. That line of work obviously states that the indiviidual has no respect for themself.

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No exceptions

by NickNielsen In reply to Sexual Discrimination sho ...

Women deserve to be shown respect no matter what job they are doing. However, there are some exceptions to that, hint: "Working Girl".

There are no exceptions. Whether you like their job or not, "working girls" are trying to survive just like the rest of us. Indeed, the majority of the women in that line of work are probably not there by choice. I don't ever remember any of the girls I grew up with saying "I wanna be a streetwalker," yet two or three of them spent some time on the streets; one died as a result.

As you said earlier in your post "A woman should not be threatened by (ed: in?) their job simply because they are a woman, and someone feels that they can use that to their advantage."

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What sometimes happens though

by TonytheTiger In reply to Sexual Discrimination sho ...

is that jobs where physical strength and/or stamina are disirable traits have been attacked as being sexist even though they're not. Some employers have caved in to these attacks and modified their requirements so more women could qualify. Unfortunately some employees who met the modified standards have either lost their lives, or caused others to lose theirs.

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i hafta agree with tony on this point...

by heml0ck In reply to What sometimes happens th ...

In my region, there has been a lot of debate about the physical requirements for emergency services. My concern was this: I am 6'3" and 230lbs. If there is an emergency where paramedics or firefighters have to carry me, I don't care what their sex is, I care about their ability to move me. If they happen to be female and can sling me over their shoulder, great! If they can't, then male or female they shouldn't be in the job.

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