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Ameel Khan
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Geek, techie, skeptic, drummer, feminist, SJW & MBA
Geek, techie, skeptic, drummer, feminist, SJW & MBA

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Good article that talks about the differences in attitudes between generations when it comes to diversity in the workplace.  

Basically, based on survey results, boomers and gen-Xers think workplace diversity is "the right thing to do to achieve compliance and equality, regardless of whether it benefits the business." 

Millennials go beyond that. They define diversity as "the blending of different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives within a team." That is, diversity isn't just important for its own sake, it's important because it leads to 'cognitive diversity' (i.e. diversity of thought). And this cognitive diversity is essential to "overcome challenges and achieve business goals." 

So they don't just want to have diversity, they want to use it do a better job. And they're currently feeling constrained because, in many organisations, they have to be a little less diverse (they're required to conform more than they'd like) and, therefore, they're less authentic at work and less creative at their jobs.

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"Instead of resistance, we now have activities that were once held up as archetypes of women’s subordinate status being presented as liberating personal choices. Sexual harassment has been reframed as harmless banter that women can enjoy. Marriage is reconstructed as a pro-feminist love-in.

"Labiaplasty is seen as helpful cosmetic enhancement. Pornography is rebranded as sexual emancipation. Objectification is the new empowerment."

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"Finally. Earlier this month, Dove finally got widely called out by women over their insidious “Real Beauty” ad campaign.

"For over 10 years now, the personal care brand — behind a veneer of “empowerment” — has passive-aggressively assaulted women’s physical insecurities to sell beauty products."

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Turns out I'm a giant squid. Hmmm.

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"The way it works is simple: fill out your employer’s name and location and whether you are a current or former employee (there is also a designation for part time or other), then click on the stars to rate the company on its policies in 14 areas such as flexible work hours, maternity and adoptive leave, family growth support (including child care and lactation rooms), equal opportunities, and female representation in leadership positions. There is an option to leave a detailed comment that is also anonymous. While many of the areas apply to women's representation and access at work, the rating system is open to both men and women to review their company's policies."
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