The Face Of Misogyny 

, , , , | Working | October 9, 2019

(My department is on a conference call using a well-known business software allowing video feeds. The meeting has been going for about half an hour.)

Colleague: *interrupting* “Don’t you find it funny how I’m the only woman in this group and my face is never shown when I’m talking? It looks pretty misogynistic if you ask me.”

(There’s an awkward silence.)

Me: “Umm, your face should be in the bottom right of the window.”

Colleague: “What?”

Me: “Yeah, your face doesn’t appear in the window when you’re talking because it’s always there. You appear on everyone else’s though.”

Colleague: “No, that’s total BS—”

(Another colleague sends a screenshot in the chat log, showing her face, full screen, with the colleague’s face in miniature in the bottom right.)

Colleague: “Oh, yes. I am there…”

(Another awkward silence follows.)

Other Colleague: “Shall we continue?”

Department Manager: “In a moment. For the record, I’m a woman. Shocking, I know. I’m calling in on my phone so you won’t be able to see me. Perhaps we should focus on the meeting instead of whether you’re on everyone’s screen? Please, continue.”

Other Colleague: *continues where he left off*

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