What is the best way to respond to casual workplace sexism like this?I don’t think running to HR would be very effective, especially when it is so endemic – but I also don’t want to ‘grin and bear it’ and give the impression I approve or think it’s funny.
Later in the evening after tempers cooled and we were getting ready for bed I was informed that it would be best if from now on I slept in the extra bedroom – that she believed it was no longer appropriate to sleep together like we had the night before. If someone doesn’t want to be married to you chances are pretty good they don’t want to sleep with you either.
She had flipped the switch and suddenly sleeping with me meant sleeping with the enemy.
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on what to do when you work with sexist pigs (although hopefully in 2017 the tide is turning! You may also want to check out some of our more recent discussions on sexual harassment at work.
My current workplace is relatively gender-balanced, and after a year of working here I haven’t really encountered any overt sexism.
My naivety came full circle after I entered the post divorce dating world.