LinkedIn is a place to make connections, but some men seem to have that confused with the likes of OkCupid.
Last week, human rights barrister Charlotte Proudman received a bizarre message from a man. But he wasn't complimenting her on her achievements. Instead, he expressed great interest in her profile photo.
"Charlotte, delighted to connect," he began.
Then things took a turn for the worse.
"I appreciate that this is probably horrendously politically incorrect but that is a stunning picture !!!
You definitely win the prize for the best Linked in picture I have ever seen.
Always interest to understant people's skills and how we might work together.
Instead of deleting, Proudman decided to use this as a teaching opportunity and promptly responded with this:
I find your message offensive. I am on LinkedIn for business purposes not to be approached about my physical appearance or to be objectified by sexist men.
The eroticization of a 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.
Unacceptable and misogynistic behavior. Think twice before you send another woman (half your age) such a sexist message.
She @LinkedIn are contacted re physical appearance rather than prof skills?"
"Tweets from women show bc of imbalances of prof power many young prof women hv to tolerate intrusive, objectifying & oppressive behaviour," she explained in a follow up tweet.
As with anything remotely controversial women post about on the Internet, the trolls did come out. But more importantly, so did other women who have gotten similar messages.
Included below are a few they shared with Proudman.
With the rampant catcalling they experience, women should at least have their professional world to feel like they won't be judged or made uncomfortable.
But that isn't the case. Inappropriate messages are just the tip of the iceberg. In a survey conducted by Cosmopolitan.com on workplace culture, 1 in 3 women have experienced a form of sexual harassment (inappropriate comments, coercion or touching) in the workplace.
One woman summed up why this matters perfectly:
(H/T: Huffington Post)