Snow White and the Wicked Workplace

Hi Ho, Hi Ho! It's off this working girl goes!

Once upon a time, at the end of the groovy, free-love '70s, a naive young girl called Snow White (SW for short) got her first professional job. Looking back, the word "professional" should perhaps be put in quotes.

This girl had lived a fairly sheltered life in a beautiful kingdom. She left the kingdom to attend college in another state with other ambitious maidens. This experience gave her a class A education, but ultimately did little to prepare her for the reality of the business world.

No, she did not work in a massage parlor

Welcome to the jungle, Baby

Snow White was overjoyed to land her first gig at an advertising agency. She didn't really know what an advertising agency did (this was years before the show "Mad Men"), but the address was on exclusive Newbury Street in Boston.

Fancying herself a modern-day Marlo Thomas, Snow White showed up for work on her first day all bright eyed and ready to learn the ad biz from the ground up.

Instead, she her lessons began in the kinky subterranean basement.

Lesson #1: My boss is a sot. As it turns out, Snow White's first day coincided with the agency head being sent off to rehab. Even though 3-martini lunches were the norm in those days, Mr. G was spending a tad too much time at Cheers* when he was supposed to be writing ad copy.

*There really is a bar in Boston called "Cheers" (same one the TV show was patterned on). However, back in the day it was called the Bull & Finch. Nonetheless, it is certain that everyone there did know Mr. G's name.

Lesson #2: The other boss has "issues." Starting with the fact that her first and last names were the same. Ok, so we can't help who we fall in love with. But if (for example) your name was Sally would you marry someone whose last name was Sally (or even Sully?). If your name was Mary would you take the last name Murray? Well, this lady's name was literally the same name twice. Given that her last name was 50% of the agency name, it would be difficult for her to change it -- even though she and her husband were in the process of divorce.

So here's little Snow White, fresh out of college, excited to be starting a job that doesn't involve caring for kids or scooping ice cream. It's day one and she's already been exposed to alcoholism and divorce. Wow! This is sure gonna be fun place to work!!! She can hardly wait to get started!

A dwarf called Wolfy

About 28 days later, Mr. G. returned to work. He was softspoken and serious and did nothing to arouse Snow White's suspicion. He seemed nice, even though SW didn't interact with him too much.

Then, one day, the agency's big kahuna client, Mr. Big came in for a meeting. Mr. Big smiled broadly, leaned over the reception desk where SW was working, stuck out his hand and said, "Well hello, Snow. Whaddya know?"

Snow White didn't know quite how to take this. Was he testing her? Flirting with her? She definitely felt off-kilter, and he definitely seemed to enjoy putting her there.

The Muse in the Bathtub

As part of her indoctrination, Snow White was taken out to lunch with the agency principals and the client. They obviously had history together. For whatever reason, they felt it appropriate/necessary to rehash what sounded like (at least to Snow White) the wildest, craziest times.

No one had mentioned this side of agency life at the interview. But it seemed clear that the "workday" here was not confined to 9 to 5. In fact, the majority of creative "thinking" seemed to occur after hours.

One particularly vivid story involved a party off-site. What they described far exceeded even the most debauched frat gathering. That is, based on Snow White's fuzzy recollections of frat parties, they seemed tame in comparison. Or maybe it was just the idea of her boss and other middle-aged "suits" indulging in such behavior that made Snow White blanche.

The story centered on Mr. G being discovered in a bathtub with someone other than Mrs. G... Ha, ha, ha. They though it was hilarious. Snow White thought otherwise. "Mr. G??? In the bathtub? With the client? WTF? Were they playing "Clue" or something? Gross!!!"

Check out SW in the chorus here

Whose Life is it Anyway?

Thoroughly horrified by this story, Snow White vowed to keep her nose both clean and to the grindstone. This proved to be difficult -- not so much because of the grindstone dust, but because of forces beyond her control.

As their confidence in her abilities grew, Mr. G. and Ms. First Name First Name started sending SW out with clients on her own. Well, technically, only with the one client, Mr. Big.

This being 1979 and the advertising business, liquid lunches were still very much permitted (except, of course, for Mr. G.). One day Mr. Big took SW to a restaurant just up the street from her apartment. During lunch (and at least two cocktails each) he slyly mentioned that Mr. G. had more or less promised him that he could "have" her. He said it so nonchalantly that at first it didn't register.

"Have me? Does that mean what I think it means?"

For the briefest moment Snow White considered bringing the client home to her house. Was that the expectation? Was her job on the line here?

"Now wait just a minute." She knew she had rights. She also knew she did not want to sleep with Mr. Big. And no job -- especially not one paying a whopping $185 a week -- was worth whoring herself out for.

 

Another job, another dwarf

Snow White never confronted Mr. G. about his promise to the client. She managed to keep Mr. Big at bay, as well. She quietly did her job at the agency until she got a new job at a new agency.

Alas, this agency had its own version of Mr. Big. This one made no secret of his crush on Snow White. He persisted and persisted, ingratiating himself in embarrassing ways that infuriated her boss. The last straw was when he sent her a chicken gram. That's right, a singing chicken. I am not making this up.

Snow White finally had enough of the agency biz and its crazy, sex-crazed clients. She decided to go inside, landing a job in corporate communications at a national temporary services firm. The company had branches across the US.

Although she heard plenty of tales of inter-branch romances (played out at frequent sales training meetings), she felt pleasantly immune from sexual drama. No one in her day-to-day work life engaged in anything more than harmless flirting.

 

Saved by the smokes!
Saved by the smokes!

Until...

Out of the blue, while at a conference in Detroit, of all places, she was propositioned. A regional vice president made his move in the elevator. He even went to cop a feel, but thankfully she'd stashed a hard pack of cigarettes in her bra.

This time she was more than mortified. She was terrified. This guy had power. He could make life difficult for her, if not get her fired. Still, she knew no good could come of acquiescing. So she declined as politely as she could,under the circumstances -- which probably was not polite at all, given that her brain and tongue were both numb from shock.

When she got back to the office she confessed the incident to her boss. Turns out the boss had had a similar run-in with the same veep years before. She was supportive and told Snow White not to worry about her job. Still, Snow White kept her guard up and her skirt firmly down until she left the company.

Forget it: I'm Snow White ...and you're a dwarf

Who are they kidding? Everyworkplace has at least one!
Who are they kidding? Everyworkplace has at least one!

Delivered from temptation

So far Snow White had had three different jobs. She'd survived three wacky workplaces and the advances of three horny dwarves.

She had learned how to conduct herself professionally in the face of sexual harassment.She'd built up a solid resume of marketing skills. And she'd learned to play the game.

Snow White was ready to move into the big leagues. And so she did.

You may be wondering if things calmed down for our heroine after that. Let's just say the Snow White story wouldn't be the same without dwarfs. And our Snow White continued to encounter them wherever she went.

Now, now, boys. You stay on THAT side of the bed and I'll stay over here.
Now, now, boys. You stay on THAT side of the bed and I'll stay over here.

Snow White's 7 Workplace Dwarfs

During her career, Snow White amassed quite a collection of "admirers." Just as she had done with Mr. Big, she gave each of them a name:

1. Wolfy (Mr. Big)

2. Clucky (the Chicken Gram client)

3. Coppy (the Detroit elevator feeler-upper)

4. Shotsy (a colleague who throughly enjoyed doing body shots)

5. Frenchy (the colleague who thrust his tongue down her throat at her good-bye party)

6. Banty (a colleague who opposing counsel once called a "banty little rooster")

and

7. Schlep (possibly the dearest one of all, he would do anything for SW, even though he could never, ever have her romantically).

Snow White lost touch with them one by one as she progressed in her career. She eventually found her Prince Charming, but NOT at work!

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Lisa HW 7 years ago from Massachusetts

MightyMom, this was so funny - and fun to read. Just within the last couple of weeks the "Cheers bar" closed in Boston. One "dwarf" I ran into worked for the state, was a very unappealing and crude individual, and used nip bottles as an excuse for his bad behavior. He was in his late 30's (looked late 50's) and had a very expectant and nice wife at home. I was in my early 20's and never returned to work after he thought, for some reason, that I would interested in someone as disgusting, crude, and unappealing as he was - and when I didn't return he threatened to tell people a concussion I'd gotten in an accident left me "f'd in the head", so nobody should listen to what I said. It's all so "lovely" for young (and not-so-young) women, isn't it?


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Oh Lisa, I am laughing and nodding in solidarity with your story. I can almost picture him -- there's one in every workplace, isn't there? Yes, I have found that my own experiences are definitely not unique to me. Human nature is human nature:-).

Can't say I'm sad to hear that Cheers closed. I never liked it after it changed to Cheers -- way too commercial. I did use to frequent it when it was the Bull & Finch. Many, many, many moons ago!

Thanks for visiting. MM


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

Ha ha!!! This was so funny!!! A delight to read!!! Great job!!! I love the names you gave to all of them!!


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

great fun read, light heartedly put.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Hi, Snow White, I am so glad that you are much better now.

Thanks for remidning me on my first years of working... ufff...enough stories to write several books.

I enjoyed your Hub very much, thanks.


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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

Thanks for share. nice hub. and well written.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thanks Anna Marie, Hawksdream, and Tatjana. Somehow, I would bet that each of you has similar tales. I AM much better now, if only for the fact that I am well past the age when men can victimize me anymore!

Prasetio30- You are a dear to read my hub. Thank you.


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

I once had to punch a guy in the chest (he really was short) so hard it knocked him back off his feet. Felt good.


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

MM - As always that was hilarious, you made my day!


pgrundy 7 years ago

Wow. Took me back to when I worked for the local PBS station in my early 30s. The manager was a sot too (surprise!) and accidently hired a guy as program director whose resume was stapled to that of a truly qualified guy. Mr. not-qualified-at-all had some college classes in fillm studies and a summer working on the railroad. I sh*t you not. So there he was, program director of the PBS station all of a sudden, as a result of this dumb mistake.

He proceeded to sleep his way through the female employees. I was the editor of the program guide and the volunteer coordinator. He pulled me aside after a staff meeting and threatened me if I didn't get with the program, so to speak. I told him to piss off and that was that, but I always wondered how many women that worked on?

This was a good 25 years ago. But you brought it all back.

Gee, thanks MM! LOL!


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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Nice work Might Mom. I have friends who had been hsexually harrassed at work. They were too young and niave to realize it and were swept off their feet only to be thrown to the trash.

Peraonally, I have only had female bosses so far, but that's another saga in itself.

Thanks for the hub. It was a great read...


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Boy do I wish I knew you sassy, strong women back when I was being harassed. I can just picture you punching someone in the chest, Teresa! And Pam -- love the story about the PD. I don't doubt that kind of screw up happens. Funnily enough, a girlfriend used to work at the local PBS station here and her boss was also in way over his head... I love that you had the wherewithal to tell this a-hole to piss off!

Triplet Mom -- I am so glad you enjoyed it.

DynamicS -- So... let's hear the saga of your female bosses!


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

And they call Snow White's story a fairy tale? :P


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dianacharles 7 years ago from India

Yeah, there's definitely one at every workplace. Loved the names ;)


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

MM a most Interesting read . I thoroughly enjoyed the slice of life autobiographical here. And It shows how times have changed hopefully for the better at least at the workplace. I probably do not belong here but as a male of the species I would like to declare not all of us are cads ! And I have been on my best behaviour all day .


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Tony, you are always, always most welcome here, or on any hub of mine! You know that! I will have to check "Hubtivity" to verify if you have truly been on your best behavior all day, however:-).

And yes, I know for a fact that not all men are cads. It's just that the ones who are seem to loom larger than life. Just like those women in the workplace who give the rest of us a bad name:-)!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

A fairytale NOT for kids but for grownups! Snow White was in for some rude awakening indeed! This was another fun read - your sense of humor is always a delight! I hope Snow White's tales will be shared continuously, her truths despite the quirkiness with which they are told resonate. Thanks for sharing :D 

BTW I likes the avatar - sunshiny!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thanks, Cris. MM's feeling more sunshiny this week than in the past couple. Can't stay in the dark place too long.

But don't think for a minute that Snow White was all that angelic. She definitely took her lessons with her when she moved on to her next job, then moved 3,000 miles west to CA:-). But that's another fairy tale for another hub!


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Hilarious MM - but oh so true all over the world with slight modifications perhaps! Loved the names LOL! Took me back to my advertising days - yes, my eyes opened wide and stayed as big as saucers for months!!

Bring on the sequels!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Sequels -- yes, there are sequels. But Snow White bit the apple eventually, so the sequels take a slightly different tone:-) Good to see you Shalini!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Oh MM this was just brilliant ,I love the Snow White comparison thing you have going on here. You are smarter than the average bear...Oh and I love your new Avatar I tried zooming in to see your face more closely, it is too hard. You look like a rose bud standing in a field of green, even though the grass looks a bit brown ROFL


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R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here

As hard as I've tried....I never seem to get sexually harrassed....I guess Snow White has all the luck!!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi BP, What a lovely comment. My original avatar on HP was a head shot. This was before your time. People tell me I look like Tea Leoni or Annette Benning. I'd take either one! If you're gonna to a Pt II of your celebrity/hubber look-alikes, I'll send you a pic for possible inclusion! And yes, the field in that pic is brown. It's November in Northern California. A very special weekend for Hubby and moi:-).

R.Blue. If you are unhappy with the level of harassment you are receiving here on HP I would be delighted to post a call to action for ya -- in the Hubbers' Hangout, perhaps:-)? LOL!


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sarahtrudeau 7 years ago from India

Lovely work, fun to read!


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Heaven Leigh 7 years ago

That was funny. A delight to read. I enjoyed it very much.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thank you for visiting. It's exciting to meet new hubbers! MM


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Story # 2 reminds me of Boutros-Boutros Ghali.  I'm like: I heard you the first time, dude!

Seriously, I enjoyed your Hub. It is interesting, witty and well written.

It sounds like you held your own and remained a good girl.  I used to have a company with a lot employees, and once sexual harrassment complaints came into vogue, my observation was this: If Brad Pitt came on to a woman at work she was flattered.  If it was Marty Feldman an official complaint of sexual harrassment was filed!  :D

 

 


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

LOL, James. You nailed it in the sexual harassment dept. A large amount of otherwise "harassing" behavior is tolerated if you find the harasser attractive. My recollection is that all of the dwarfs in my background were not attractive (at least not to me). Yes, I remained pretty much pure as the driven snow during that phase of my career. This is NOT to say Snow White didn't eventually drift:-).

I love your Brad Pitt/Marty Feldman reference. Poor, dear, Marty Feldman (God rest his soul).

Thanks for visiting! Feel free to harass me anytime. I'm no longer naive:-). MM


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Let's just say I have had no complaints yet! :-)


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VILMADOESNT 7 years ago from United Arab Emirates

Male chauvinist pigs wearing well-pressed dark suits are really existing in many work places...Well, it's just that we ladies should be extra strong and careful so we will not be victims of sexual harassment... But... were there any published instances that men are victims of sexual harassment by ladies...?oh well, maybe they just don't complain and just make "being harassed" enjoyable. lol!

Well written hub.


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ray898 7 years ago

Thanks for share. nice hub.


Erick Smart 7 years ago

All very familiar work place stories, and the road does go both ways for guys and gals out there. I eventually got tired of it and just decided to work for myself. Creative hub too!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi Vilma, Kayundi and Ray898. Thanks for visiting and I'm glad you liked my hub.

Erick, You're so right. Sexual harassment does cut both ways. The movie "Disclosure" with Demi Moore and Michael Douglas is a great example. It's the workplace equivalent of rape -- not about sex, but about power. Hmm. I think I will add that to my Amazon.com links!

But now you must post a picture of yourself. You can't expect to get any "action" on HP without "disclosing" yourself. I'm kidding, of course, and not trying to harass you:-). MM


ralwus 7 years ago

Oh my. What a tale you have told. You are indeed a Mighty Mom for getting through all those dwarves. hmmm, I wondeer how you would've fared with a walrus. hehe Great story telling MM. I like it. I also love yer newest avatar, so free and happy looking and Mighty too.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Good question, ralwus. I don't know a whole heck of a lot about walrus habits. Mostly just the Beatles song. And come to think of it, the very first dwarf had a mustach not unlike a walrus'.

Thanks also for the avatar compliment. I'm working my way back to that carefree feeling again:-). MM


ralwus 7 years ago

Well come see a fat walrus sometime my dear. LOL be my penguin in good cheer. hehe we'll lie on the briny sand and drink wine from oyster shell as I lay my head on your snowy bosom so white and pristine. ring a bell?


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Now this is a first: being sexually harassed on my own hub by a walrus! Seriously, it only rings a bell now that I've gone over and read your profile! Call me a ding-a-ling if you must:). Great to have you back, CC.


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Fisher2008 7 years ago from U.S.

Haha,that white leg is a bit misleading to some people.

Fortunately you added some explainations for it :)


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packerpack 7 years ago from India, Calcutta

Addressing a serious in such a humorous form is a good job I guess. humorous it is but not the issue discussed. Yes every workplace has one and it becomes very tricky to deal with one especially if the person is your boss.

Here is a small question, "Have you ever come across or heard about a male being sexually harassed at workplace?". Men would love to :)


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jimmyjames 7 years ago

Hello there Mighty Mom,

Thanx for the comment on my hub. I am just getting to reading it now because life has been getting in the way.

The community here is great and I think that the key to continued recovery is the same as it is in AA and NA. Fellowship.

Your sense of humor is incredible and I love reading what you and everyone else has to say. It helps me more than one on one therapy!

Keep The Faith

Jimmyjames


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello Fisher. Yes, that leg is one of those pics you have to look at twice to figure out what it is you are looking at!

Paperpack. You raise a really good point. My intent in writing this hub was to share some experiences that actually happened to ME. At the time, I did not know the term "sexual harassment" but the bizarre circumstances of these 3 incidents in 3 different workplaces left me wondering, "Hey, maybe it IS me?"

As to men being harassed in the workplace. Absolutely. Probably not as prevalent as the other way around, as men traditionally have more power. But as stated above, sexual harassment is not about sex. It is a power play. If you haven't seen it, the movie with Demi Moore and Michael Douglas is a GREAT example of reverse sexual harassment. It's called "Disclosure."

JimmyJames. Thanks. Fellowship rules. And this community is AWESOME! Glad to know you, my friend! MM


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gr8archer45 7 years ago from Pakistan

You r blessed with an amazing sense of humor :)


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Benz B 7 years ago

THIS IS AN EXCELLENT HUB. VERY INFORMATIVE AND NICELY WRITTEN.


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cjcarter 7 years ago

Snow White, loved your article! Fantastic! As a 21 year old, about-to-be college senior, getting ready to start job hunting, I found your article very informative! I am a business major as well, and I hope I can dodge any and all "dwarfs" on my horizon.


ralwus 7 years ago

I kinda like yer leg shot MM. woo-hoo


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thank you so much, Benz B.

CJCarter -- I'd like to think that times have changed. Back then there was no workplace training of avoiding sexual harassment. The truth is,however, that if you are female and reasonably attractive (read: have all or most of your teeth) you can expect to be hit on at work. It's just human nature. You may not experience it as harassment. Or you may. I hope you get a great job!

Ralwus -- I didn't know you were a leg man. Very interesting!


KStyle 7 years ago

MightyMom this is truly funny! Sad, but you made it funny. You are a Pro! Keep em comin I need to laugh more. Thanks a bunch


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi KStyle. I think we all need to laugh more! I've really been learning to laugh more at myself.Amazingly, I'm finding all kinds of other hubbers have had similarexperiences and it blows me away!

Glad you found my hub sad/funny. This many years later I can see the humor in it. Was anything but funny at the time, I assure you! MM


Neha Shah 7 years ago

You r blessed with an amazing sense of humor


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thank you, Neha.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

On the upside, it must be nice to be pretty and desirable. lol


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

LOL Indeed. Certainly wouldn't be the reaction to SW these days!


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ChristineSheridan 7 years ago from Cleveland Ohio USA

Ack, I just love this Hub! So true, funny, and tragic tragic tragic, yes? Snow White can be glad that she worked in offices as opposed to factories. I can tell you that factory TROLLS are as bad as office DWARFS, and even less subtle. Even covering yourself in blue grease just serves to excite the Trolls even more LOLOLO.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

None of my many female bosses (and one gay man) ever put the moves on me. No Coppy, no Shotzy, no Frenchie. I'm beginning to feel inadequate!

Very funny story, MM, and expertly told! Now, why don't you come over hear and sit on Pinchy's lap and tell him all about it.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Inadequate, you, CR? I can't believe that for a minute. What about your harem of female Hubbers that follow you around like lovesick puppies?

Pinchy wouldn't like me on his lap.But I'll hop up on the massage table for Pepe anytime!

Christine -- Factory trolls. Yes, I can imagine they would be even more in-your-face. Reminds me of the movie "North Country" (I think that's right) with Charleze Theron where the women were being sexually harassed in the plant...


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Captain Dad 7 years ago from Drums, PA

Mighty Mom --- Great hub! Love it! Also, I visited the Bull & Finch bar during a trip to Boston a couple years ago. With Cheers being my favorite show of all time, I couldn't resist.

Looking foRward to more of your hubs.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Well hello Captain Dad! We'd make a powerful duo, wouldn't we? Mighty Mom and Captain Dad:-). Thanks for visiting my hub. I will stop by and see you later as now I have to go to WORK -- but the workplace of today is no longer wicked!

BEst regards, MM


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marriedwoman 7 years ago

your hub is very helpful in a way. i used to know one when i was still working and they're really disgusting. good hub...


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

I enjoyed your story MightyMom. You know I have a master's degree in education, but I decided after six years in the profession teaching was not for me. Leaving that career was the best thing that ever happened to me, and it opened the doors to exploring the world of online writing. Now I am writing for several sites, including the LA Examiner, and working on some short stories. Life is better away from a profession I detested.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi SP, It's so liberating when we figure out we don't have to take it anymore. The good thing is you still have your qualifications and you have writing talent, so you get to take the good part and apply it in ways that benefit YOU.

That's pretty much what I did, too. I liked the ad biz (copywriting side) but not the ridiculous BS that went along with servicing clients. I much prefer freelancing, too!


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RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

Go, Snow! You have a nifty way with a fairy tale, MM. Thanks for a vastly entertaining hub.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hey there RedElf, some days I wonder if life imitates art or vice versa:-). Thanks for stopping by the cottage. I hope the dwarfs didn't hump your leg too much:-). MM


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Don Simkovich 7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

Very funny pics . . . and well written . . . good example of presenting a touchy subject in a humorous way . . . pun intended!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Don, Ha ha, Your comment really touched me. I have only one thing to say, touche (imagine the accent mark). Thanks, MM


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jxb7076 7 years ago from United States of America

Funny - but serious!!

After a few weeks of this type of treatment my sister talked with her HR Rep and told her she would take care of the problem. Two days later she gave her boss a playboy magazine and a blow up doll and told him that the next time he think about touching her or any woman not his wife to close his office door and take care of his little problem before she made it a big one. Totally pissed him off but there was nothing he could do about it.

She had already found another job and left the company a week later.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

jxb7076 that is the best happy ending to sexual harassment in the workplace i've heard yet! LOVE it! Good for your sister and excellent solution by HR! MM


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LiamAnderson 7 years ago

I like it!

Gets the point across in an entertaining way.

I think we have all seen bizarre workplace behaviour.

What is a bit worrying is that if we scale up the numbers of weirdos and creeps we have encountered at work to encompass the entire human race, there must be millions of them!

Second scary thought, I don't think, as far as I know, that I have ehibited such weird behaviour myself, but I will never know if anyone or how many of them think the same about me.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi again, Liam!

I think if you were "guilty" of such aberrant behavior you would know it. Of course, you would not feel "guilty" per say as you'd feel perfectly justified in your treatment of others.

Thanks for reading. Glad to have your thoughtful comments. MM


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quildon 6 years ago from Florida

I thoroughly enjoyed this. Funny, but sadly true.


writeronline 4 years ago

Been there, met those guys, MM! Back then there was virtually no limit to the harrassment and exploitation, though not all of it sexual. You'd have enjoyed one occasion at our agency, I'm sure, because as you know, it didn't require the agency bosses to 'verbalise the availability' of the female staff. Most of the clients were men, and many of them had inflated senses of self-worth, which gave them a sense of entitlement and power over the agency female staffers. But, of course actually made them easy to manipulate - if you were a woman of the times.. Our receptionist was one such young woman, and she had all these guys eating out of her hand, and of course 'pitching' her on a constant basis. When she left, she called each one individually to invite them to her farewell party at the agency. Six heavyweight clients turned up bearing flowers and gifts to cement what they thought was the path to the honeypot of the evening. It was hilarious to watch the looks on their faces as it dawned on them that none was going to score the prize. Shirley on the other hand, collected quite a haul..


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Mighty Mom 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Oh snap! Shirley is my new hero. Only wish I'd had a greater awareness of how to harness my sexuality in those days. Being the idealistic INFP I am, I thought I could/should tuck it safely away and it wouldn't interfere with my work.

If I'd only known....

Great story. Thanks so much for the smile this morning. I bet you've got a million of them!

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