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Thread About Boss’ Gross Comment On Woman’s Profile Pic Sums Up Why Women Can’t Ever Win

Sexual harassment has become a growing concern in the digital age, and it isn’t just restricted to dating sites such as Tinder and Bumble. In fact, a growing number of women (and men, but mostly women) have reported inappropriate advances from strangers on professional platforms such as LinkedIn.

But a recent tweet from Toronto-based part-time podcaster @sswyrs reveals the grave extent to which some men in positions of power project their own hangups onto women, and how this one boss in particular “projected slut-ness” onto this totally normally-dressed stranger and then blamed her “behavior” to justify it.

Sawyer details how his boss pointed out a woman’s LinkedIn profile picture—in which she is quite literally just smiling and wearing a gray shirt—and called it “slutty.”

They repeatedly ask their boss what he meant by “sh—t like this.”

And was told “taking selfies” and then “slutty pictures.”

Sawyer was still completely dumbfounded, noting how “the only skin on her you could see was her face and collarbones.”

Sawyer eventually asked their boss how he defined the word “slutty” (“way over the top sexy and obviously down to f—k”), and then asked him what exactly about the woman’s profile picture screamed “slutty” to him by his own definition.

Apparently, she was just good looking. That was her crime.

Sawyer boiler-plated their boss’ irrational thought process:

Before concluding with a reminder:

Sawyer’s thread clearly resonated with many, as it racked up over 136,000 likes, 73,000 retweets, and almost 1,000 comments in under four days’ time. Many of the comments expressed sadness and concern that this man, with all his scary misogynistic issues, is the CEO and president of a company.

(“Unfortunately for all involved,” wrote Sawyer in a followup tweet after being asked whether their boss was reported to HR, “he is the president and owner of the company.”)

The thread also prompted dozens of women to share their experiences with men who feel entitled to their bodies, and genuinely believe women deserve all the harassment they experience.

There were also tons of women who shared their LinkedIn-specific sexual harassment tales.

Hopefully, someone who needed to read this thread actually read it, and adjusts their behaviors and attitudes accordingly. Hopefully. In the meantime, ladies, don’t be afraid to report coworkers to HR if you ever feel threatened or uncomfortable in your workplace.