RE: Bullies (was: Round #4263...)

Subject: RE: Bullies (was: Round #4263...)
From: Win Day <winday -at- rogers -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 08 Jan 2002 16:23:28 -0500

At 03:08 PM 08/01/2002 -0600, Foster, Willow wrote:

Excuse me?!

Where is it written that one must be male to deal with bullies? I'll have
you know I can deal with a bully just as well as _anyone_ else! (Size, sex,
age have nothing to do with it. I don't take crap.) I realize that I tend to
be sensitive about such things, so I might be overreacting, but still.. A
man can deal with a bully better than a woman? Because of testosterone?? I'm
sorry, but that is an old, tired argument that's just plain wrong.

We're straying away from technical writing here, but I couldn't resist this one!

Willow, you and I feel that we're more than capable of handling bullies. However, believe me, there are some bullies out there that will NOT be managed by a woman. Period. It's one of the reasons I left engineering. Until those dinosaurs retire, I'm only beating my head against a wall. Not worth it. And yes, I did file the formal complaint. The court case would have dragged on for years, so I settled.

And it doesn't even matter if your firepower is bigger than theirs. I have a cousin who spent years years with the US Forestry Service as a Park Ranger. She's a lot bigger than I am, with shoulders like a linebacker from hauling and throwing around bales of hay. And she went into the field well-armed. Sometimes bullies simply won't back down from a woman. That's when the shooting started.

So unless you're willing to come armed to the office, sometimes you can't get past them.


Win Day
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