Our Twinkle Khanna or famous Mrs funnybones is one among the women in our country who always speaks her mind out. In her TOI column, she calls out powerful messages to those boss men preying on the woman working under them. She has expressed quite a lot of sexual harassment at work, that women face.
She has bang-on statements which every man at work have to pen it down as a lesson. Have a look below:
1. This clearly defines what the word privilege is
“In a corner office with a view sits a loathsome frog, his tongue intermittently darting at all the little file-toting flies. This frog is not interested in turning into a prince — he already believes he is one — and stares bug-eyed at the flies, his toys or his employees whatever moniker fits them best in his mind.”
2. Yeah, you need some learn some of these manners
“By calling a woman ‘sexy’ in a working environment, you are undermining everything she has worked for, the stereotypes she has had to break, the pride she takes in her abilities, and the inevitable guilt that she feels about not being home with her children, just to be there in that office, trying to make her place in the world.”
3. Just do get our work done, we swallow many bitter events at the workplace
“In order to merely do our jobs, we ignore the hostile work environment, keep quiet, smile politely at sexist comments and pretend that the pepperoni pizza we are being served masquerading as a margherita is acceptable. We pick off the pieces of baloney from the surface and throw it into the garbage, focusing only on the parts we can digest, our stomachs constantly churning.”
4. Learn what to do if you have a crush on a woman at your workplace
“So dear members of the Frogs Forever Franchise we realise that having one X chromosome less probably leads to a diminished brain and raises your testosterone levels to feverish heights but here is some advice. There are bars, clubs, friends’ homes, Tinder, and your first cousin Guddu’s wedding where ideally you should meet women and ask them out. But if your heart beats fiercely at the sight of a particular woman walking down the office corridor, respectfully ask her out for a drink, and if she refuses your polite offer then go and drown your sorrows in that very drink and leave her alone.”
5. Followed by the previous statement
“Do not stalk her, touch her, send her lewd messages and emails. And as far as compliments go, try telling her about her great presentation skills, her way with numbers, her astute negotiations. ‘Sexy’ is an acceptable complement within a work environment only if she is a stripper and you are her pimp trying to boost her confidence before she takes the stage.”
6. Think before you talk something creepy
“Telling a woman she is sexy in the bedroom is fine, telling her the same thing in the boardroom simply deplorable. So think before you croak or it may just be your turn to be doused in formaldehyde and dissected next.”
This is it, another woman trying to share her thoughts on compliments about women’s physical appearance is not a privilege. Hope a day comes where there will be in no need of fighting for this.
The full article is here: Mrs Funnybones