Quantcast
0

Selfies: If You Want To Be Taken Seriously…

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on September 6, 2014 in Absolute Hot! |

How do women manage to get along in the business world when many companies disregard qualifications and experience? How do they manage to fit in with the corporate identity, make themselves appear more serious, more suitable for that higher management position? It all has to do with appearance because, as we know, many judge a woman not by her abilities, but by her physical assets, not by her prowess, but by her ability to attract and distract whenever necessary.

Viktoria Michaelis: Women with Glasses

Photo Source: unknown, via imgsrc

We are fast approaching a time when the only way a woman can get along in business, as far as higher management is concerned, is when there is a quota enforced to ensure that women come into the more demanding positions in a company. When the government says that a certain number of women must be present in the boardroom, and company policy dictates that a certain amount of sexism has to be enforced, has to be accepted, in order for this to be achieved.

Not the best way to run a company, as I believe many will agree but, in our modern society where many men feel themselves threatened by the presence of women in high-powered jobs, this may be the last resort. Never mind the qualifications, look at the rack, and hope that the woman isn’t clever enough to actually achieve anything.

Viktoria Michaelis: Women with Glasses

Photo Source: unknown, via imgsrc

They have to be not just good to look at, without distracting from the work at hand too much, but also appear serious, as if the company really has taken them on their worth, their qualifications, and not just as a show model for the outside world, not just as a quota-woman to fill out the numbers.

Viktoria Michaelis: Women with Glasses

Photo Source: unknown, via imgsrc

Dress code doesn’t just apply to younger women in schools and colleges, it is rigidly enforced in business too. We don’t want the men getting distracted from their hard work, the real work, by a quota-woman who is too sexy or appears to be too young, not serious enough, unprofessional.

Viktoria Michaelis: Women with Glasses

Photo Source: unknown, via Tumblr

And then we have the women who manage to fit in with this male ideal: serious, plainly dressed, but still attractive, still showing off their femininity. They wear suits – admittedly with a skirt – just like the men; carry a small briefcase; set themselves above their work colleagues in the lower ranks. They wear glasses too, because that is the one thing which really makes a woman look serious, look professional, without taking too much away from her other visible assets.

Viktoria Michaelis: Women with Glasses

Photo Source: unknown, via Tumblr

No matter how you look at it, quota-women in companies are not a good thing. This trying to fit in, to match the company ideal, to look and sound like one of the boys is not a good thing. The talk still goes on, behind their backs, the sexist jokes, the whispered justification for someone getting a certain job, whether they slept their way up the ranks or are intimately involved with the man at the top. The fact remains, though, in many businesses, in many companies,a woman is not going to be promoted based on her qualifications and her experience. A younger man will often get the upper hand and leap-frog over a woman more ideally suited to a certain position. Not always, but enough times to make one think that it is the men who are sleeping their way to the top, climbing the ladder of success on the backs and over the bodies of those who should come first but who, through a twist of fate, just happen to be the wrong gender.

Viktoria Michaelis: Women with Glasses

Photo Source: unknown, via Tumblr

Of course appearance plays a big part in business. Every single company throughout the world is interested in presenting a workforce which has much more than just the ability to get the job done. There are catwalk models – male and female – in every single position you can imagine: the ones who come out first to meet and greet, or appear in the company prospectus, on their website, make up the numbers at a business lunch or dinner. They are the runners, those who get things done when ordered to but who, often, have precious little say in the daily running of things. They are there to beautify the whole, to stop everything from being quite so serious and businesslike.

Viktoria Michaelis: Women with Glasses

Photo Source: unknown, via Tumblr

Highly qualified, beautiful women are still the exception, when it comes to real power, unless they happen to be running the business themselves. Even then, and I am sure many people can tell enough tells of such things, they feel the need to conform to an almost exclusively male picture of the business world. They need to be tough, hard-hitting, uncompromising. They need to be more dedicated, prepared to give up more of their time, of their family life in order to succeed.

Viktoria Michaelis: Women with Glasses

Photo Source: unknown, via Tumblr

The days when a personnel department doesn’t ask a younger woman whether she is thinking of starting a family – thus causing a loss for the company both financially and through her absence – are still very much with us. And that despite the fact that in many more advanced countries – those which have maternity benefits, maternity leave, welfare and health policies as standard rather than earned additions – the men may also apply for maternity leave when their wives have children.

On the bright side, though, women in glasses, well, what can I say?

Love & Kisses, Viki.

Tags: , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Copyright © 2010-2017 Viktoria Michaelis All rights reserved.
This site is using the Desk Mess Mirrored theme, v2.5, from BuyNowShop.com.