Unwanted prize

Lawyer speaks up after receiving “sexist” message on LinkedIn

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Charlotte Proudman, a 27-year-old human rights lawyer from London caused a small Internet-storm after calling out a 57-year-old senior partner at a law firm for sending her a “sexist” LinkedIn message. “I appreciate that this is probably horrendously politically incorrect but that is a stunning picture,” wrote Alexander Carter-Silk, a married father of two, in a private message, adding, “You definitely win the prize for the best LinkedIn picture I have ever seen.” After reprimanding him for objectifying her and explaining that she was on LinkedIn for business purposes, Proudman posted a screenshot of the conversation to Twitter accompanied by this message: “The eroticization 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.” Proudman told The Guardian she felt the incident was indicative of a larger problem with sexual harassment in the legal world, and said she was pleasantly surprised by the positive reactions she received on Twitter from other women with similar experiences.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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