by mg at 03:29 PM on March 27, 2005
Desiree Goodwin, a library assistant at Harvard is suing the University because she believes she has been passed over for promotion since 1999 (link). The reason she was passed over, her lawsuit contends, is that she dressed too sexy and was "just a pretty girl."
As some of you might remember, I recently graduated with my Master's degree in Library and Information Science. I initially received this story on a professional list-serv, but I didn't want to bore you all with my in-depth professional experiences on this. But, I noticed the story again as a front-page news item on AOL, and figured "Hey, I can jump on that bandwagon!"
Plus, I actually have some insight and experience about discrimination of hot people in libraries; compared to the ignorance I usually bring to topics I write about.
When I was done with school last year I started looking for jobs, primarily in academic libraries. Most academic libraries require a second Master's degree in addition to the MLS. That is more schooling than a doctor or lawyer. I was looking for jobs for a couple months before graduation, but didn't get many bites. Luckily I found a job back in the IT world, and am making three times as much as I would have working in a library.
I haven't looked back and thought about working in a library, but have kept up on professional list-servs and websites. Iíve since read many stories about male librarians feeling discriminated against, as well as young librarians, and anyone with tattoos.
So that explains why I received nary a response to my resumes. Or at least I like to think it explains it, rather than my woeful inexperience. But hey, I don't necessarily mind, because, hell, I'm making more cheese than any of those damn library directors who didn't have time for my resume. So if Miss Goodwin was feeling discriminated because of her staggering good looks and sexy attire, I was definitely feeling her on the case, and wondering if we could turn this into a class action suit.
But then I ran across an article with a picture of her. This picture of Goowdin makes Nick Nolte's mughsot look sexy. I know the impression of librarians is dowdy, but this chick can only be considered too sexy for Harvard like Star Jones could be considered too sexy for The View.
This case should be thrown out of court. But, that isn't going to happen. Stupid due process. If we really wanted to solve this case fast, put up her picture Am I Hot or Not. Forget a jury of her 12 dowdy peers, let the great big, cold, honest, and mean Internet decide. If, and this is a big if, she gets over a 5, then she wins. Anything else, and judge immediately dismisses the case and throw his robe over this lady's head so the rest of us don't have to see her perp-walking out of the courthouse.
They need twelve Ex Crimson Guard NCO's on the jury, and as they walk in at the beginning of the trial they can all proclaim in unison, without even taking a seat,
Crimson Horde: "That woman is not sexy!"
Judge: "Judgement is for the Defence to the amount of legal costs already incurred, this case is closed."
There is a lass in the central library in my city who I hounded on every visit for a date, but she was having none of me, she was drop-dead-gorgeous. She sported one green eye, and one blue, and that only added to her allure, I mean, this girl was beautiful. Compared to the wooly-jumper-wearing, rouge lipstick sporting, puffy pouting features of Desiree Goodwin, she was Aphrodite personified. There was also a much older woman in the same library, who I'd much rather bed than this supposedly sexy Desiree. I can make a list of women I considered ugly, and some I called ugly, who I could call up to stand next to this chick and have them suddenly look sexy to my eyes. Heh heh.
by Ex Crimson Guard NCO at March 27, 2005 3:54 PM
It's funny how often people don't know where they stand on the ugly/hot scale. You'd think they'd know from their interactions with others, but no. I suppose at age 16, when you get your driver's license, they need to rate you so you know.
Randy: Dawg, you are looking hot. But there's something about that expanse of forehead that reminds me of Down syndrome.
Paula: Simply stunning. Love the whole package. Are you a man or a woman?
Simon: Atrocious. I once found a possum rooting around in my garbage. You remind me of it.
by anna at March 27, 2005 8:07 PM
It's funny you mentioned this MG, as a mailing list that I'm on (in the Linux community... not librarians :) ) has just been talking about gender discrimination. But... I don't really have any input. I wonder if there's a dress code that she's been breaking. I know some people hope for an utopia where you can show up to work looking like you're actually going clubbing, and be treated the same as people who show up to work dressed up looking like they're going to be doing work. That's an immature view.
by jean at March 29, 2005 6:13 AM
We used to have file clerks who'd show up braless in leather minis and fishnet stockings. If they had female bosses they'd send 'em home. If they had male bosses, they'd invite coworkers to come take a gander. File clerks do a lot of bending and kneeling.
by anna at March 29, 2005 8:43 AM
Hot people in libraries? You know, I always wondered what went on in the stacks.... ;o)
by Jack Cluth at March 30, 2005 3:08 PM
How's life post library school? Library jobs are tough, because you've got to willingly accept the fact that you won't, don't, will not, do not make money. I should know, I've been working at NYPL since August 04. E-mail me if you get this......
by thomasl at March 30, 2005 6:23 PM
Judging Ms. Goodwin's "hotness" based on one photo is a bit unfair, don't you think.
Just about everyone has taken a photo that they don't find flattering. Here are two other pics of Ms. Goodwin. I think she'd get above a "5" on one of them.
by K Spoon at April 5, 2005 1:24 PM