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USATODAY.com - Study says flirtatious women get fewer raises, promotions
Women who send flirtatious e-mail, wear short skirts or massage a man's shoulders at work win fewer pay raises and promotions, according to a Tulane University study to be presented Monday at the Academy of Management annual meeting in Honolulu.

In the first study to make plain the negative consequences of such behavior, 49% of 164 female MBA graduates said in a survey that they have tried to advance in their careers by sometimes engaging in at least one of 10 sexual behaviors, including crossing their legs provocatively or leaning over a table to let men look down their shirts.

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The other half said they never engaged in such activity, and those women have earned an average of three promotions, vs. two for the group that had employed sexuality. Those who said they never used sexuality were, on average, in the $75,000-$100,000 income range; the others fell, on average, in the next-lowest range, $50,000 to $75,000.

So without a well-defined dress code, it's not so much that women 'might be using their wiles, or some such', but that a good proportion of women will certainly try.

Although it's not often labelled as such, this is actually a form of sexual harassment.

Now, in the real world everyone understands that while all employees should be completely adult goal-oriented productive models of maturity and detachment at work, that's not what actually happens. Flirting and sex, sometimes calculated and manipulative or pressured, sometimes not, sometimes welcome, sometimes not, are always going to be an issue, from both genders.

But it's maybe not so unreasonable to want to keep them down to a reasonable background noise if people are trying to concentrate on other stuff.

Obviously the corollary is that women have the right to assume there will be no pawing, whistling, ass grabbing, innuendo, or suggestions that a weekend away might just swing that promotion.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Jan 31st, 2010 at 09:08:09 AM EST
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