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WSJ’s “Office Mom” Piece Has Some Problems

Make It Work!
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7 Frisky ladies' tips on how we make our sisterhood work. Read More »
Sexist Job Listing
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They'll only hire you if you're attractive, female and under age 25. Read More »
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Here's what Ami has learned from working with other women. Read More »

The New York Times is getting a run for its money in the dubiously-credible lifestyle articles department. Today’s contender: the Wall Street Journal‘s ”Who’s Your Office Mom?” which continues on another page with the statement-making headline, “Every Office Needs A Mom.”

Really, WSJ, really? Keep reading »

Sexist Job Listing Only Wants You If You’re Female, Attractive & Under 25

Sexist Beer Marketing
Lady beer expert pens open letter letter to beer enthusiasts. Read More »
Sexist Parking Spaces
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German mayor helpfully allocates parking spaces just for dudes. Read More »
Sexism Vs. Pelosi
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Nancy Pelosi portrayed as the Wicked Witch of the West. Read More »
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Sexism in the workplace is manifested in a slew of ways: pay inequality, dress code regulations, getting hit on by your boss. In this case, on the site Australia InfoMine, sexism reared its ugly head before the job even started! According to News.Com.Au, the first requirement on a posting for the Korean coal company Pt. Karya Bumi Baratama is that receptionist applicants  be “female, single, max 25 years old.”

While the post does ask for appropropriate qualities such as an education “from reputable university” and “good interpersonal and communication skill,” it rounds itself out with the last bullet point asking for the candidate to be “good looking.”  Keep reading »

7 Frisky Ladies’ Tips On How We Make Our Sisterhood Work

We are some opinionated bitches.  I am just going to put that out there. Some mornings I walk into the office and there’s a heated debate about the ending of last night’s episode of “Girls” or something President Obama said before I’ve even turned my laptop on. We’re constantly talking, debating, and arguing with each other during the work day; our nights and weekends are filled with emails flying back and forth. Gentlewomen of softer stock might find it a little overwhelming.

But still, each woman on staff has worked here for years. Amelia is the founding editor and has been here since the beginning. I came along about eight months later. Then came Ami, Julie, Winona, and one-and-a-half-years-ago, Rachel. We all spend so much time together inside our New York City offices and know each other’s back stories so well that several of us have confessed we feel like we’re all sisters. And yes, that includes Winona, who lives and works remotely from Portland, Oregon. It’s gotten to the point where each of us can see a news story online or a dress in a shop and automatically know which one of us would love it. Keep reading »

The Frisky Turns 5!
Happy 5th birthday to The Frisky! Read More »
Personal Blogging Lessons
Five things Amelia has learned from sharing about her personal life online. Read More »
Fave Reader Emails
Ami shares her favorite reader emails from the last few years. Read More »

7 Rules For Dealing With Difficult People

A few things are inevitable in life: death, taxes … and dealing with difficult people. From work to friendships to romantic relationships, difficult interactions can hit us from all angles and can take a heavy toll on us.

A few days ago, I was doing some much needed reorganizing and I found this packet from a class I think I took many moons ago. I can’t remember who taught it, but the packet was filled with amazing and hilarious “rules” for dealing with difficult people. Within these humorous insights are perils of wisdom that can help you keep your cool during an argument or any other trying exchange.

I really wish I could give you the source, but no names were written on the sheet so all I have is the information. I couldn’t keep it all to myself though, so here are some amazing (and I’d even say life-changing) rules for dealing with difficult people: Read more…

8 Things Working At Disney World Taught Me About The Human Race

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She dressed like Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" on her wedding day. Read More »
Real Housewives Of Disney
There's a fine line between reality show and SNL skit. Read More »
Ryan's Disney Dates
Why does Ryan Gosling take all his dates to Disneyland? Read More »
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Last semester I worked at Walt Disney World and encountered thousands of “guests” (as they are known in Disney-speak) a day. They came to Walt Disney World from all over the actual world, although they tended to be predominantly from the Western Hemisphere North America, Europe, or Brazil, and were all ages, races, and attitudes. Even with all that diversity, patterns of people began to emerge. There is no better incubator for studying human behavior then shoving thousands of people into one surprisingly tiny space and making them wait for roller coasters, apparently.

And I’m not talking “people from Louisiana all have the same accent” patterns. I mean real, big, regardless-of-the-language barriers I often encountered patterns. Here was what I noticed about humans during my six months as a cast member … Keep reading »

Want To Make Equal Pay For Equal Work? Don’t Become An Insurance Agent

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Here's what Ami has learned from working with other women. Read More »
Tiny Working Girl
Toddlers & Tiaras
More bad parenting on "Toddlers & Tiaras"! Read More »
Spanked At Work
Woman wins $1.4 million settlement for getting spanked at work. Read More »

The wage gap has closed somewhat in a lot of industries, but when it comes to insurance agents, forget it. In a new study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, insurance sales agents were ranked first when it comes to unequal pay between men and women. Women typically make $.62 cents for every male dollar owned. Other crappy fields when it comes to the wage gap? Real estate agents, marketing and sales managers, doctors (!) and retail workers. Keep reading »

You’re Hired! 26 Tips To Help You Score The Job You Want

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What was the worst job you've ever had? Read More »

As anyone who’s had a frustrating conversation with their parents knows, the job market just ain’t what it used to be. Where our parents generation may have switched jobs four or five times in a lifetime, these days, it’s far more common for people to change jobs — and sometimes whole careers — at least twice in a decade. The Bureau of Labor reports that the average worker spends around 4.4 years in each position. And for millenials, that number’s even higher. Whew.

A lot of time, energy and interview outfits will go into the jobs you’re likely to pursue over a lifetime, so why not go through the process in the best way possible? Whether you’re just starting out, or have been in the workforce for a while, getting a new job can be a daunting process. So it’s a good thing we’ve compiled a list of 26 tips, culled from our combined 50+ years in the working world. So check out our advice, and then share yours in the comments!

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How Can Employers Stop Us From Hooking Up?

Forty percent of employees have dated a co-worker at some point in their career, the Wall Street Journal reports. Though office dating bans have gone out of vogue, employers and their general counsels described to the Journal‘s Jennifer Smith how they manage the romances that can make workplaces uncomfortable and topple careers, including, recently, Best Buy executive Brian Dunn. The Cut has reinterpreted their collective wisdom into a five-point guide for cock-blocking everyone you work with.

Gossip. Salt Lake City trucking company C.R. England, Inc. told the Journalit tolerates dating but relies on “tips from other employees” to find when an in-office relationship has become “a distraction.” A most aggressive HR department could reverse-gossip, tipping the tipsters off to employee factoids that might make the relationship less attractive. Did you hear Brian claimed seven dependents on his W-4? And he’s never been married. Read more…

Beware: Your Boss Can Fire Your Flirty Ass

Harassed At Work
Daley's friend is being harassed by her superior at her summer job. Read More »
"Flabby" Torso Harasser
Woman says her boss sexually harassed her with his flabby torso. Read More »
Spanked At Work
Woman wins $1.4 million settlement for getting spanked at work. Read More »
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I will never so much as smile at my boss Amelia again. Why? Because the Iowa Supreme Court ruled today that an employer can fire an employee that he or see finds sexually “irresistable.” The case in question was dentist James Knight who fired his attractive assistant Melissa Nelson because both he and his wife thought this woman could come between them. Also, she wore “distracting” tight clothing! An all-male panel of seven judges agreed this slutty slut had to go: they said it’s not discrimination for bosses to fire someone with whom they have an “irresistible attraction,” even if the person in question has not flirted with them. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I’m Paid Less Because I’m A Woman, But It’s Mostly My Fault

Bitch Kills Moran
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Bitch Magazine killed a Caitlin Moran interview. Read More »
Who Pays?
A flowchart to help know who should pay on a first date. Read More »
Feminism Dead?
Apparently. And it's all your fault. Read More »

I was talking to my guy friend about Caitlin Moran’s book How To Be A Woman, which led us to the topic of money. I said that I am a feminist, but I am not completely resistant to guys paying for my meals on dates because most guys I know make more money than women. (That is my personal experience.)

“Do you really think you make less money because you’re a woman?” he asked. “In 2012, in New York City, where everyone is equal? You really think that’s what the problem is?”

At his work, he said, women and gays made up a majority of the employees, and he hinted at the implication that he was the one being slighted, being in the white, male, heterosexual minority. Keep reading »

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