The Sexist

Recession Makes Bitches Bitchier

The recession is now in full swing, which means that journalists everywhere have a new excuse to write about the same shit they always wrote about, but now everything is worse.

This time around: cat fights!

New York Times columnist Mickey Meece (seriously) is here to explain why the recession has resulted in a frightening "workplace bullying" epidemic that threatens to destroy all working women. Why are working girls bitchier than ever to each other? Let me count the ways:

Because "workplace researchers say":

During this downturn, as stress levels rise, workplace researchers say, bullies are likely to sharpen their elbows and ratchet up their attacks.

Because even though most bullies are male, the female bullies are bitchier (or, cat fights are more interesting than regular old boy office politics):

It’s probably no surprise that most of these bullies are men, as a survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute, an advocacy group, makes clear. But a good 40 percent of bullies are women. And at least the male bullies take an egalitarian approach, mowing down men and women pretty much in equal measure. The women appear to prefer their own kind, choosing other women as targets more than 70 percent of the time.

Because even when you have a career, you still have to be the mother:

Women don’t like to talk about it because it is “so antithetical to the way that we are supposed to behave to other women,” Ms. Klaus said. “We are supposed to be the nurturers and the supporters.”

Because pretending there are "magical keys" to correct female behavior in the workplace makes it easier to market "executive leadership coaches" to women:

“Women are trying to figure out the magical keys to the kingdom,” said Laura Steck, president of the Growth and Leadership Center in Sunnyvale, Calif., and an executive leadership coach.

Women feel they have to be aggressive to be promoted, she said, and then they keep it up. Then, suddenly, they see the need to be collegial and collaborative instead of competitive.

Because men have nothing to do with this:

“As we get into the corporate world,” Ms. Cirocco added, “we’re taught or we’re led to believe that we don’t get ahead because of men. But, we really don’t get ahead because of ourselves. Instead of building each other up and showcasing each other, we’re constantly tearing each other down.”

  • Coleman

    In my dreams I imagine a cultural revolt against the whole sector of "mind over matter"/Dr. Phil/corporate-zen BULLSHIT that some people make a living shilling. These people are charlatans preying upon the fear and alienation of individuals caught up in what are obviously rotten institutions.

    But I'm just a dreamer.

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