Still the Boy’s Club?
Sometimes parts of the legal profession and law school are sort of like Fight Club and we all know the first rule of Fight Club. We have written about the gender gap when it comes to pay and promotion, but we have not addressed the flat out objectification of women attorneys.
During my first year of law school one of my friends – who was and still is one of the “hottest” women from our class – walked by a bunch of guys from our section who were loudly ranking the looks of women from our section as we walked by them. Of course an uproar ensued. Some women were upset that they weren’t ranked high, some were upset that we were being ranked at all, and some were upset that others were flattered that the guys found them “hot.” Of course, it blew over and we hardly talk about it any more.
Apparently, this was not an isolated incident. HotAttorney, a website that posts photos of women attorneys from around the country daily and then picks a “hottie of the day”, was just brought to my attention. The site explains that it is “for fun and flattery.” Hmmm….I still don’t know what to think. I consulted friends. One said that it was “tacky, immature and unprofessional.” Another was enraged that minorities are not included. Yet, another wants me to submit her picture.
I am not naive enough to think that there will never be a gender gap. But, is it true that no matter how hard women attorneys work, we will still just be “the girls”?
PS ~ Why doesn’t the site include any men?
UPDATE: According to the National Law Journal, the HotAttorney website was taken down in early July, 2008:
“Following attention the site received from the law gossip blog Above The Law Monday and from at least one reporter inquiring about its content, HotAttorney.com closed the site. ‘On our own initiative, we decided to take the site down earlier today,’ said an unidentified source responding to an e-mail requesting an interview.”