Ready to be outraged? In a now-viral Linkedin article, a man named Bruce Hurwitz gave women everywhere the workplace advice no one asked for. His tip? Don't wear your engagement ring to an interview.
Why, you may ask? Brace yourself, because Hurwitz's reasoning is probably even worse than you're imagining.
Job interviews can be a nerve-racking experience.
via: GettyYou're eager to make a good first impression, and you try to present the best image of yourself so potential employers will see you as an asset to their workplace. Picking out an outfit, styling your hair, and agonizing over the right pair of shoes is pretty typical for both men and women.
So when recruiter Bruce Hurwitz wrote an article with what he felt was a crucial tip for nailing an interview, people listened.
via: LinkedinThat is, they listened until the sexist garbage that the article consisted of started to become very, very clear. It all started somewhat innocently enough.
Hurwitz titled his groundbreaking article, "When interviewing for a job, lose the ring!"
via: GettyYou might think to yourself, OK, maybe he's going to say that wearing an unnecessary amount of gaudy jewelry to an interview can be distracting to employers, and it's best to keep your look simple. If only that were it.
"When something happens once it is meaningless," Hurwitz's article starts. "When it happens twice it is a coincidence. When it happens thrice it's a conspiracy. Well, we are well past the conspiracy stage."
via: Getty"Years ago I was working for a recruiter. A colleague interviewed a woman. I was not present during the interview. When they left the conference room the woman asked my colleague, 'You know, I have had a number of interviews and no offers. Did you find anything wrong with my interviewing skills?' My colleague assured her that she had not."
"Even though I had not been introduced to her, and despite the fact that, at that moment, I was alone with five women all of whom were wearing engagement rings, I said, 'Lose the rock!'"
"When a man sees that ring he immediately assumes you are high-maintenance," Hurwitz continued.
Hurwitz goes on to say that the woman initially seemed (rightfully) offended.
via: GettyHowever, two weeks later he received a call from her stating that he was — drumroll please — completely RIGHT! It turns out, all she had to do was remove her engagement ring and suddenly the offers came soaring in.
Hurwitz ended the piece by perhaps even topping his previously sexist claims.
First off, the whole idea of a man telling a woman how to behave in any scenario is so tired at this point.
via: GettyMaking the blanket statement that a man sees a woman as "high-maintenance" for wearing an engagement ring is beyond ridiculous. Not only is this something the author is injecting based on his own prejudices, it also reinforces the cliched idea of people making unfair assumptions about a woman based on her appearance. And it needs to stop.
If you reverse this idea and consider it applied to man, it's downright laughable.
via: GettyWriter Prachi Gupta's made this spot-on point in her sizzling takedown of Hurwitz's piece in Cosmopolitan: "Can you imagine a recruiter telling men to ditch their wedding bands because they look 'too expensive' and will thus immediately disgust all the ladies in the office?" Why is it a woman's job to go out of her way to prevent men from making these types of sexist judgments? Instead of telling women not to wear their beloved pieces of jewelry, perhaps Hurwitz should be calling on male hiring managers to stop making these types of stereotypical observations about their female candidates?
Oh, and by the way, the whole notion of a woman being threatened by another woman's ring size is disgusting.
via: GettyMaking the absurd claim that women will dislike a coworker based solely on the size of their ring, out of fear of falling to "second place," is extremely insulting. While Hurwitz claims to be an expert on the subject, 100 percent of his knowledge of "women in the workplace" seems to have come from watching reruns of Mad Men. Rock the rock if you want to, ladies. If a hiring manager can disregard your skills, personality, and years of experience because of a piece of jewelry, trust us, you don't want to work there.