To be fair, the second speaker was a woman herself, and she didn't do much better: She warned the fellas that they would have to work super-duper extra hard now that there were so many City Moms on office watch. She advised the city staff that 100 percent effort wouldn't cut it anymore, because (as one admittedly confused listener understood it) "women can be more work than men." OK, we suspected it from the beginning, but now we're sure that this is an episode of Parks And Recreation that someone accidentally transcribed. Never mind.
Advice Column: Let Your Professors Look Down Your Shirt
Dr. Alice Huang tirelessly advocates for women in science, which is an impressive achievement we don't want to look down on. And speaking of looking down on things: She thinks that dudes getting themselves some downblouse action in academic settings is a fact of life, and nothing should be done about it.
In Huang's advice column for Science, an anonymous postdoctoral student asked her what she should do about her creepy-ass adviser looking down her shirt every time he got her alone in a room. Huang's advice? Just roll with it. Some choice quotes:
"Ass pats are a classic slice of Americana. Like an interactive Rockwell painting."
This is catastrophically bad advice. In one fell swoop, Huang urged a young woman seeking her guidance to resign herself to a life as sexy background decoration for all the real professionals, while totally excusing the jackass behavior of a supposedly well-educated and responsible authority figure who should damn well know better. Why? Because what he's doing doesn't technically qualify as "unlawful." So there you have it: As long as you don't hump anyone's leg, you can be as much of a creep as you want.
Naturally, anyone who had the great fortune of reading Huang's unfortunate badvice took to the web to rail against the sexist message it sent, prompting the website to take down the column a few hours later. The Internet being the sticky web of eternal shame that it is, the column is still available in an archived version in all its gross splendor -- so if you see someone at the office printing it out and pasting it on the rec room, be worried. Be very worried.
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