I am NOT a neanderthal
(Even if I look like one)
I do NOT walk around with a permanent hard on
(IF you do, then you’re taking too many blue pills)
I do NOT need to treat every interaction with a female in InfoSec/IT/Cyber/Tech as an opportunity to peacock, and prove my manliness by dry humping the server rack.
I will NOT step away from chivalry, HOWEVER, I will not use it as a shield to hide bad behavior OR ulterior motives.
IF I don’t tell Chris that he looks pretty, then there is NO place to do the same to anyone else.
(And if you DO tell me I’m pretty you STILL don’t get a hallway pass to do the same to others…)
IF I cannot walk shoulder TO shoulder with my female counterparts, then I do NOT deserve a place in this industry
(…and I’m on shaky ground elsewhere in society!)
A meeting is NOT a date
A LACK of wedding ring is NOT an invitation to drool and act the fool
A wedding ring is NOT a challenge
I will NOT mansplain, and IF I’m going to argue, then I AM going to go and look at the awesome flowchart from Kim Goodwin
Done? Need to repeat it? Tattoo it on a body part?
If ANY of this is jogging a memory then y’all might want to go find that second voice and listen to it BEFORE engaging in a conversation with the opposite sex.
If YOU are offended by this, then go look in a mirror and ask WHY
If YOU laughed at this, then I hope it’s a laugh of clarity, and not of ignorance.
If YOU know anyone that NEEDS to read this, forward TO them, blame me, it’s simpler and I’ve been blamed for worse.
IF you are a narcissist you’ve likely recognized yourself and simply don’t care… for you I have tasers.
(Although you’d probably enjoy that too…)
If your regional, religious, back-arsed belief system has put “you” as superior, then please go boil your head, and GTFO of our industry, you have NO place here, none of us want you.
‘Enough said for now, a HUGE thanks to both Christy F. and Sky Kennedy for the inspiration!
Feel free to print, forward, blame, but FFS get the word out that this shit has got to stop.
‘all for now