I think it is because I am a woman…

by Rumour Miller on January 23, 2006

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After a brief phone call with a male lawyer in town, I was reminded of a telephone conversation that I had with an older (and much wiser) male lawyer.

I had practised for a year in Ontario and had just received my call in Manitoba (so fairly green – but also UNKNOWN within the legal community). I had a lititgation file with a Sr. lawyer from another town. We had never met and only spoke on the phone a few times.

This lawyer calls me regarding our mutual file and we come to an agreement on a small request that he had made. His response at the closing of our conversation……

“Well you are a fine girl, despite what the bathroom walls say about you.”

And readers, I think it is because I am a woman that he would even think to say something so rude.

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Jenna January 23, 2006 at 4:14 pm

Wow Nicole!!!!! Do I know this ass??????

Rumour Miller January 23, 2006 at 4:20 pm

Nah, Jenna this one is Manitoban.

Sweet Soul January 23, 2006 at 9:40 pm

Holay shit….I’m speechless. How demeaning, disrespectful, and unprofessional can a person be? Gender inequalities and shitty ass gender stereotypes are, unfortunately, a sad reality. Sometimes feels like we still live in a man’s (I use the word lightly and mean no offence to those men who know better)world.

Ashley January 24, 2006 at 2:33 am

Wow, what a shit thing to say.
Was he even hinting a joke in any way?? I mean, that sounds like a joke I would use amongst my own friends… but DEFINITELY people I know.

Rumour Miller January 24, 2006 at 10:16 am

It was definitly a joke or an attempt at one anyway.

My point is that had he been talking to another male lawyer, it would never cross his mind to make such a crude joke/comment.

Talk about still being a “mans world” being a lawyer, we women are definitly trying to get into the “Old Boys Club”. When I was articling my boss told me that I would probably find it difficult to get a permanent job because I was a young newlywed who would soon be getting pregnant!

BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA – effer! I hated that effing effer. I flat out told him his comment was not only inappropriate and rude it was in direct violation of our law society’s Code of Ethics. He shut up.

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