Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: I went to the corporate Christmas party (we're a law firm) and was left feeling rather uncomfortable with the entertainment. This involved women in hot pants dancing in cages. I'm a woman and felt this seemed unnecessarily sleazy, and both my male and female colleagues felt quite shocked too (and raised the matter separately). Should I complain?

A: Complain on your own and I'm afraid to say that you run the risk of being dismissed as yet another humourless feminist. However strong your case, you mustn't seem to be speaking from a well-worn agenda. Your voice needs to be one of many and include both men and women.

It's also essential that the tone you adopt should avoid the strident No tirades about the degradation of women, please. Your choice of the word sleazy seems to be a good clue: dismissive rather than Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells. Don't mention the hot pants: as members of this respected law firm, you just need to register your shared disappointment that the nature of the entertainment totally failed to reflect the nature of the company you're pleased to be part of. …

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