A woman had to remind a man that LinkedIn is not a dating service, and is she pissed.
Charlotte Proudman is a barrister (fancy U.K. word for lawyer). In her LinkedIn profile, she writes that she is "researching #FGM #fearlessfeminist because rape, prostitution & pornography are problems of male dominance." She received the following message on the maybe-not-so-professional networking site LinkedIn (I kept the original spelling and punctuation of the email intact):
Charlotte, delighted to connected, I appreciate that this is probably horrendously politically incorrect but that is a stunning picture !!!
You definitely win the prize for the best Linked in picture I have ever seen
Always interest to understant people's skills and how we might work together
This is the professional email equivalent of someone burping and blowing it in your face. It was sent by a partner at a law firm in London, who apparently moonlights as a top-notch creeper with sub-par editing skills. Maybe since he used three exclamations in the first line he didn't bother with any further punctuation? Charlotte was not happy, so she responded as follows:
I find your message offensive. I am on linked-in for business purposes not to be approached about my physical appearance or to be objectified by sexist men. The eroticisation of women's physical appearance is a way of exercising power over women. It silences women's professional attributes as their physical appearance becomes the subject.
Unacceptable and misogynistic behaviour. Think twice before sending another woman (half your age) such a sexist message.