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Not all men are perverts and not all women are sensitive

Sexist behaviour undeniably needs to be called out, but what of unconscious bias, asks Pippa Allsop

24 November 2015

Following the LinkedIn furore, Charlotte Proudman has kept the debate alive and has recently been quoted as saying: ?‘If people aren’t made to ?feel repercussions then their behaviour won’t change’ ?in defence of her ‘outing’ of ?the partner who sent her inappropriate remarks about her profile picture on the professional networking site.  

I agree with this comment – in isolation. It is the way in which Proudman chose to make the individual ‘feel repercussions’, ?in a fairly aggressive and unprofessional manner, ?which I do not support. 

The aim would be better achieved by asking people to consider how they would want their own merits and those of their wives, sisters, daughters, etc., to be judged.  This is more powerful because there is no scope for criticism of individual conduct, which undoubtedly Proudman and others like her have faced for being ‘feminazis’, who supposedly ter...

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