Sexist jokes, slang hold women back at work | News.com.au

 Companies lack strategy to tackle "low-level sexism", report finds. Picture: Thinkstock  SEXIST jokes in the workplace are one of the biggest factors impacting women’s ability to thrive, a study has found.

Companies lack strategy to tackle “low level sexism” despite having policies in place that target “overt” sexual harassment, a Melbourne Business School report found.

One way organisations should target low-level sexism is by implementing a “no just joking” policy, the report recommends.

“Still in the general population there is a perception it’s ok to engage in sexual slang and sexist jokes,” said report author Victor Rojo.

“This has negative impact on the health and performance of female workers, and it creates a culture where it’s okay to be a bully.”

The meta-analysis of 103 studies found that existing strategies for increasing the numbers of women in leadership roles have “peaked in their impacts”.

The report identified key risk factors that impacted women at work, and found that sexism was “one of the most pervasive and pronounced” indicators of women’s “fit” in their organisation.

“If women feel they do not fit in or are not accepted as equals they are less likely to stay in their role or in the organisation,” the report said.

via Sexist jokes, slang hold women back at work | News.com.au.

Strange Random Inequality Quote:

“All this pitting of sex against sex, of quality against quality; all this claiming of superiority and imputing of inferiority, belong to the private-school stage of human existence where there are ‘sides,’ and it is necessary for one side to beat another side, and of the utmost importance to walk up to a platform and receive from the hands of the Headmaster himself a highly ornamental pot.” ― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

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