Catalogue of a Barmaid: You're not the only one
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TNS has recently reported on the anonymous blog founded by a female Cambridge University graduate, which details her experiences - including 'sexual harassment, misogynistic behaviour and just plain rudeness from customers on almost every shift.’ Catalogue of a Barmaid, which was started in September 2012, tells of a number of incidents faced by the anonymous bar worker and her co-workers in their time working as barmaids in an unnamed Central London venue. Just some of the incidents described include being spanked, discussion between customers of the bar staff performing oral sex on them and one man’s objection to the drinks prices being accompanied by the comment "I should be getting a shag too for that price." It makes for pretty shocking reading and highlights the extent to which misogyny is ingrained in certain facets of our society. However I could relate to almost every word she said. In my two and half years at university I have spent time working in promotions for student events. I was offered my first job after my time as Social Secretary for my halls committee. The company had been good to be in my time in that role and I had a number of friends who worked for them. I’d heard negative things about promo work and how it was only "fit girls who the bosses wanted to shag" who got employed by them, so I felt pretty pleased to have been offered the job due to my previous hard work rather than my aesthetics. Rather naively, and despite having a friend who secured her job after offering ‘these’ and referring to her breasts in face of the question "what can you bring to the role?", I believed this would be the way things would remain. Unfortunately things changed almost immediately. Unlike the author of Catalogue of a Barmaid however, my issues didn’t remain with the customers - the sexism, misogyny and downright rudeness she faced was displayed by my employers more often than by the customers.
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