At this point in time, you might think the mansplainers have taken a back seat and let women ride out their own lives. Unfortunately, they are still in full force.
In June 2018, around 30 female employees for the accounting giant Ernst & Young received a training presentation called “Power-Presence-Purpose,” according to HuffPost. This presentation included instructions on how women should dress and act in the workplace.
Not to my surprise, the proposed guidelines regarding the female employees’ physical appearance was almost entirely based on oversexualization.
The presentation stated women shouldn’t flaunt their body, because “sexuality scrambles the mind.” That sounds more like something out of a high school dress code than a professional workplace with mature adults.
HuffPost reported that one section of the presentation stated women should have a “good haircut, manicured nails and well-cut attire that complements your body type.”
From my understanding, Ernst & Young has the unrealistic expectation of wanting women to maintain a certain appearance that is attractive but also wards off the sexualization they face from their male colleagues.
News flash: the oversexualization women face will never be under their own control.
Before the training, women were given score sheets to rate themselves on different masculine and feminine traits. The score sheets are not the problem. Rating themselves on different qualities could lead to self-improvement. However, splitting traits into masculine and feminine categories infers that women will score lower in masculine traits.
Some of the traits listed under the masculine column were ambition, leadership abilities and self-sufficiency, as if a woman couldn’t have any of these things and dominate the workplace.
The traits listed under the feminine column were fitting of the stay-at-home housewife stereotype of the 1950s. Women were expected to rate themselves based on affection, femininity, gentleness and warmth.
Ernst & Young is trying to keep its female employees vulnerable and wrapped around a misogynistic finger.
The firm stated to HuffPost that, “We are proud of our long-standing commitment to women and deeply committed to creating and fostering an environment of inclusivity and belonging at EY, anything that suggests the contrary is 100% false.”
It’s interesting how, to Ernst & Young, inclusivity means confining women to a box and wanting to limit their freedom in the workplace.
Now is the time for people to learn that women can dress as they please and dominate the workplace while doing so, no matter how many men try to mansplain them otherwise.