I was cleaning up my room when I came across a handout that was distributed by my professor in my Intro to Sociology (more than 3 years ago!). I held on to it because although this was written in the 70s, there’s still a ring of truth to it. What do you think?
The family picture is on HIS desk: “Ah, solid, responsible family man.”
The family picture is on HER desk: “Hmm, her family will come before her career.”
HIS desk is cluttered: He’s obviously a hard worker and a busy man.
HER desk is cluttered: She’s obviously a disogranized scatterbrain.
HE’S talking with co-workers: He must be discussing the latest deal.
SHE’S talking with co-workers: She must be gossiping.
HE’S not at his desk: He must be in a meeting.
SHE’S not at her desk: She must be in the ladies’ room.
HE’S not in the office: He’s meeting customers.
SHE’S not in the office: She must be out shopping.
HE’S having lunch with the boss: He’s on his way up.
SHE’S having lunch with the boss: They must be having an affair.
The boss criticize HIM: He’ll improve his performance.
The boss criticized HER: She’ll be very upset.
HE’S getting married: He’ll get more settled.
SHE’S getting married: She’ll get pregnant and leave.
HE’S having a baby: He’ll need a raise.
SHE’S having a baby: She’ll cost the company money in maternity benefits.
HE’S going on a business trip: It’s good for his career.
SHE’S going on a business trip: “What does her husband say?”
HE’S leaving for a better job: He recognizes a good opportunity.
SHE’S leaving for a better job: Women are undependable.