A partner has been slammed by a barrister for engaging in "unacceptable and misogynistic behaviour" after he told her on LinkedIn that she had a "stunning" photo and suggested that they "work together".
Alexander Carter-Silk, Head of European Intellectual Property at Brown Rudnick, sent Charlotte Proudman, a barrister at the Chambers of Michael Mansfield QC, the controversial message yesterday morning. Headed, "RE: PICTURE", he told Proudman, "I appreciate that this is probably horrendously politically incorrect but that is a stunning picture !!!!"
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He continued, "You definitely win the prize for the best Linked in picture I have even seen", and then appeared to lose control of his keyboard, finishing, "Always interest [sic] to understant [sic] people's skills and how we might work together".
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He might have realised Proudman was the wrong subject for his 1950s charm if he had looked beyond her picture. Her LinkedIn bio reveals that she is studying for a doctorate in Sociology from Cambridge University, "researching #FGM #fearlessfeminist because rape, prostitution & pornography are problems of male dominance".
Which meant this did not go down well:
At all. Just before 6pm the same day, Proudman replied: "I find your message offensive".
She explained, "I am on linked-in for business purposes not to be approached about my physical appearance or to be objectified by sexist men".
"The eroticisation of women's physical appearance is a way of exercising power over women. It silences women's professional attributes as their physical appearance becomes the subject."
Proudman finished, "Unacceptable and misogynistic behaviour. Think twice before sending another woman (half your age) such a sexist message".
Ouch. He probably will think twice, because then she posted the exchange on Twitter:
Carter-Silk told RollOnFriday, "Most people post pretty unprofessional pictures on Linked in, my comment was aimed at the professional quality of the presentation on linked in which was unfortunately misinterpreted".
He said, "Ms Proudman is clearly highly respected and I was pleased to receive her request to linkup and very happy to instruct her on matters which [are] relevant to her expertise that remains the position".