Disgust at Guardian job advert for an “EA & Investor Relations Associate” (translation: secretary) that requires “ability to deal with male banter”

A piece published on the website of Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), the political party of which I’m the chairman, in January 2018:

Our thanks to Martin for this hilarious piece in the International Business Times. An extract (emphases ours):

A job advert that called for the “ability to deal with the male banter” has been panned online for its everyday sexism.

The position, which was listed on Guardian Jobs but has now been taken down for its “inappropriate” language, was for an EA & Investor Relations Associate at an unnamed property investment firm in London with a salary of £40,000 to £45,000, plus bonus. The job also appears on LinkedIn, where the listing says it is no longer accepting applications.

The advert describes an office of about 45 people, including various friends and family members, where “everyone gets on well” and there is a “relaxed and buzzy environment although everyone works very hard”. Duties include diary management, travel, scheduling meetings, client interaction, ad hoc private support and other typical executive assistant tasks. [J4MB: Translation – secretarial duties, one and all.]

Later, in the skills and personality section, the advert calls for an ability to deal with male banter in the office alongside a “good personality” [J4MB: A creative attempt to stop feminists applying for the job, but they’ll ignore it] and someone who is “sociable but not distracting”. It also wants someone who is “great in dealing with HNWIs” – high net worth individuals.

Ads for all office jobs should demand:

  • an ability to deal with male banter
  • an ability to deal with female whining, wittering, narcissism and gossiping

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