Charlotte Proudman a Lawyer Shames Man In Tweet for his LinkedIn Comment
Lawyer Charlotte Proudman has defended naming and shaming a “misogynistic” man who complimented her LinkedIn profile picture.
In an interview with Sky News, she said she was “astounded” when she received the message from Alexander Carter-Silk, a 57-year-old lawyer who has since apologised for his remarks.
“I am there to connect with other lawyers on a professional basis, not to be objectified on the basis of my physical appearance,” she said.
Ms Proudman explained how she chose to include a screenshot of Mr Carter-Silk’s message in a tweet because “she wanted to know how many other people had experienced sexism in professional spaces – in the workplace and online”.
The 27-year-old also justified her decision to name Mr Carter-Silk – saying he was outed because the “public interest in exposing sexism outweighed any privacy in this respect”.
She told Sky’s Anna Jones that it had struck a chord with so many women and men who have experienced sexism and have come out to share their story.
The human rights lawyer also cited a report by the Bar Council which described sexism as rampant in legal workplaces – often from barristers “existing in a children’s playground”.
According to the professional, Mr Carter-Silk had acknowledged how it was “horrendously politically incorrect” for him to describe her profile photo as “stunning” beforehand.
His message continued: “You definitely win the prize for the best LinkedIn picture I have ever seen.”
In her reply, included in the tweet, she wrote to Mr Carter-Silk: “Think twice before sending another woman (half your age) such a sexist message.”
Ms Proudman also rejected criticism that she had overreacted to his remarks, especially as he was paying her a compliment.
Since her tweet, she claims she has received a “phenomenal backlash” on social media, adding: “I have had vulgar comments discussing my physical appearance in quite some detail, and in a sexual manner, which serves to silence women.
“My voice hasn’t been heard – instead, what has become the content of the messaging is again my body.”
Ms Proudman also said she was not satisfied with Mr Carter-Silk’s apology, which was “for the offence that I have taken, so there is no acknowledgement that the message he sent was inappropriate or is sexist.”
She went on to say that complimenting someone’s physical appearance is something that should be confined to dating websites – and not professional networks.
“LinkedIn is not Tinder. People have tried to draw parallels between what has happened in this case and asking somebody else through the workplace – asking someone out who you work with,” Ms Proudman said.
“What I would say is that they are very different situations. You have LinkedIn, where you are making connections based on your professional skills – and you don’t often know those people.
“Whereas in the workplace, you will have, I would have thought, developed a rapport and a relationship so that both feel comfortable to take the relationship to the next step.”