Like so many other commenters said, replace "healthy" with "skinny" and you're good to go. I've lost count of how many times I've sat at lunch with my (99% male) colleagues and went over files of INTERNS (not even full-time, fully qualified employees but interns!) and they made disparaging, cruel and unnecessary remarks based on the photographs attached to the CV (they still do that in Germany). The ones who got the internship/job were always very skinny, conventionally beautiful women or the sons of members of the Old Boys' Club's local chapter.
It's hard enough being a woman banging on the glass ceiling, but having to look like a model while doing it? Really hard!
I'd also contest the managers=fit assumption stated in the article. Might be that the public figurehead fits that image, but I can almost guarantee that the behind-the-scenes powerbrokers are just a little paunchy and even worse in their regard of other humans than the fronts. At least from my experience and not inconsiderable observed sample size they are- as long as you're white, male, and your family name carries some significance your chances of getting in are a lot higher than even the smart model's.
The tall thing is true, though. I'm just a smidgeon taller than average (5'7"), and always accentuate it with the highest heels I can wear but most of the "men in charge" easily top 6' and would tower over me.
All in all, a depressing reminder of everyday life, if painted with slightly rose-colored glasses on.
- 1/16/2013 11:59:37 AM