Cryin’ in the girls room
By: Kara Posner
Tell me what you really think: should women ever get caught crying in the office? I’m wondering if the dramatic display negates the professional image and instead evokes the annoying, overly emotional stereotype attributed to females.
I’ve been there. The criticism got a little too negative and a little too personal. It burned from the pit of my stomach right up to the back of my eyeballs. I’ll admit that I let some tears fly before I exited stage-left. I wonder how I lost esteem and points with my co-workers because I devolved into an emotional mess.
I propose that it is ultimately detrimental to a career to let loose at the office. If women want to escape from previously mentioned negative female stereotypes, we need to find a way to cauterize that wound while we are on the clock. We are not being paid to hide in the bathroom until the puffiness around our eyes recedes.
If we are involved in an altercation in the office how can we effectively discuss the event if we are gulping breaths between sobs? How can we convince our supervisors that we have the mettle to take on challenges if they see us dissolve under stress?