To Whom It May Concern; I was not amused by the “dose of humor” doorknob hanger advertised in the Fall 2008 issue of Women for Hire magazine on page 4. While some may think gossip is a way to pass time while in an office, many careers have been destroyed by false statements and accusations. Aside from the implication that this feeds into the stereotype of women being prone to gossip, there is nothing amusing about the impact idle gossip has on the person about whom the gossip is being spread. Idle gossip is anything but idle. It is dangerous and should not be considered amusing nor encouraged and, from where I’m sitting, there is no such thing as "good gossip." I am surprised and for the first time disappointed by your publication and I hope that more discretion will be used in the future. Encouraging unprofessionalism is something I never thought I would see in your publication. Sincerely, Satia
Monday, October 06, 2008
Women for Hire
I am going to the Women for Hire career fair next week. I also intend on participating in the early morning seminar. Every time I receive their magazine, I read it cover to cover, appreciating almost every article or book recommendation on some level. I have never before not appreciated the content. Until now. On page four of the Fall 2008 issue, I was appalled by a "humorous" door hanger that says: It's a Very Slow Day Please Bring Good Gossip. Unfortunately, I cannot find a simple way to contact the editor. So I am posting my thoughts here. I should return to this topic of gossip, share some of my experiences with how I have seen it affect the lives of coworkers, and especially how I feel about celebrity gossip which I think is heinous. For now, this letter will have to suffice.