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Love or hate Shashi Tharoor, he is not one to mince words. In the midst of the recent controversy, Mr Tharoor became the unexpected champion of Indian women professionals. Here’s what he said (emphasis mine):
“Our media cannot accept an attractive woman as a serious business professional.”
Woah, harsh words, though they do ring true in India and all over the world. In the US, even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s been called a b****, as are successful and supposedly aggressive women around the world.
Now that Su-Shi (cutely dubbed so by Shobhaa De) have got the ball rolling, we’re taking this a step or two forward, and bursting myths about us women professionals in India and around the world.
Myth: We are b****es
Fact: No, we’re not. We like being good (except for a few handful who spoil our name), but come along and spoil our happy party with your superiority airs, and we gotta play the b**** card.
Myth: We’ll do anything to climb the corporate ladder.
Fact: Hell, no! We have our value system, and we like to stick to it.
Myth: We don’t care about our family and friends.
Fact: That’s so not true! Our family and friends are our support system, and we love them, enjoy spending quality time with them, and just talking. Notice the crazy hours we spend chatting on the phone with our friends? That’s coz we love them!
Myth: Since we work together and we’re friendly, it’s okay to flirt with us.
Fact: Oh puhleeze. It’s not okay! Office sleazeballs can GTH.
Myth: We gossip about our female colleagues.
Fact: Yep sure, but not as much as the men do! (Admit it, men love to gossip!)
Myth: We don’t deserve praise/ appreciation for our work.
Fact: Why not? If we did it, we’re going to take credit for it.
Myth: We are not serious about our work/ we work for fun and pocket money.
Fact: Any idea what a kilo of tomatoes costs these days? Mangoes? Rice? And BTW, even if we do work for fun, what is anyone else’s problem?
Any more myths to burst, ladies? Would love to know!
PS- Please share this with every guy in your office. Or at least some male friends.