Woman Faces Backlash After Posting This Man's Sexist LinkedIn Message
LinkedIn is not for hot, steamy hookups, contrary to what its name suggests.
Charlotte Proudman, a 27-year-old lawyer, posted a profile photo on the professional networking site hoping to make a few occupational connections.
Unfortunately, when solicitor Alexander Carter-Silk contacted Proudman, it was not regarding a potential job or the accomplishments listed on her CV.
According to Daily Mail, the 57-year-old father of two wrote,
Offended by the married solicitor's use of the professional site for fielding looks-based comments, Proudman responded publicly to Carter-Silk's message.
Despite the solicitor mentioning in the message his comment was, indeed, inappropriate, the backlash toward Proudman for speaking out reigned down like an unholy plague -- a plague specifically targeting women and avoiding creepy, middle-aged, white men.
Proudman told Daily Mail,
While condemnation from men may be expected, there were women, too, who disagreed with Proudman's behavior.
With the tidal wave of troll hate, there also came a drizzle of support.
A representative of Carter-Silk claimed the husband of 30 years offered an apology to Proudman for any offense his comments caused.
Proudman did not accept Carter-Silk's apology. She told Daily Mail the remorse he expressed was "for the [offense] that I have taken, so there is no [acknowledgment] that the message he sent was inappropriate or is sexist."
Though many criticized Proudman for negatively affecting Carter-Silk's career and being unable to graciously receive a compliment, she reportedly felt little remorse.
She explained to the Evening Standard,
On Twitter, Proudman stood by her comments.
Despite Carter-Silk's established reputation as a respectable lawyer who represented the likes of supermodel Elle Macpherson, the attorney was also judged for his previous online activity.
Last year, Carter-Silk commented on a 27-year-old fitness trainer's physique in a Facebook photo including his own daughter, the Evening Standard reports.
The lawyer reportedly wrote,
For a man who prefaced many of his comments with the awareness they are improper, he sure said a lot of disturbing nonsense.
Citations: I'm no man-hating feminazi - this is LinkedIn, not Tinder, says woman barrister as she refuses to accept apology from 57-year-old lawyer over inappropriate message (Daily Mail), Lawyer at centre of LinkedIn sexism row caught commenting on photo of his own DAUGHTER (Evening Standard)