There’s a serious double-standard going on in my office, and I need to address it.
You see, my particular part of my industry is very much dominated by women. And then, in order of priority, gay men. And then, finally, straight men.
I’ve got nothing against teh gayz. But for the past week, one of teh gayz, who has a desk that faces the most public area of our floor, has had a wallpaper for his computer desktop that should ruffle some feathers. He is apparently a huge Britney Spears fan, because he has a massive image of her on his desktop – topless, against a wall, with some serious side boobage going on. If this wallpaper was displayed on a straight male’s workstation, it would be grounds for immediate dismissal. But because he’s just one of the girls, it’s completely acceptable.
I mentioned this to a co-worker and came up with a hypothetical situation:
“Okay, let’s say a client comes into the office and sees that picture on his computer,” I begin.
“Right,” she says. “Clients don’t come over here often, but go on…”
“…and let’s say the client doesn’t know that he’s gay,” I posit.
“Oh, no,” my co-worker says sternly. “No, no. That would never happen. There’s not a single person on this earth whose gaydar wouldn’t go off within a hundred feet of him.”
I don’t think that makes it right, but apparently, I’m fighting a losing battle here.