Just a short gripe:
The Talking Heads reading their DNC supplied Talking Points are all Panties-in-a-Bunch because Trump, at one of his Clubs / Resorts / Whatever, was hiring women who looked good as staff. Why, oh WHY??? they wail didn’t he want to hire fat and ugly women?
Well catch a clue, idiots, they don’t hire fat bald old guys with a paunch to be Chippendales either. Have none of these folks ever been to Las Vegas? Or even Disney World? They ALL put “good looking people” out front in customer contact areas. They all put the ‘also ran’ in the back room. I know, I’m a back room guy…
Look, I’d love to have the male lead in the “Beauty And The Beast” show, but it Is Not Going To Happen because I’m too FAT, too OLD, and not good looking enough. A 5 foot 2 inch 50 year old housewife with a midriff bulge is NOT going to be a showgirl in Vegas either. Nor likely to be serving at the VIP lounge to ‘whales’.
So let me get this straight: The “goods” they have on Trump is that as a businessman running service enterprise for very wealthy clients, he wanted to staff his places with folks who looked good as part of the image of the place? That’s IT? Golly. Guess it’s time to fire Every Single Hiring Manager in Hollywood! I want Brad Pit and Angelina run out of town for being good looking too.
At one time in my career, I ran “Facilities” along with “I.T.”. That included the receptionist. Guess what, I hired the slightly bimbo but real looker for that job. Why? Because her job was “image” and she was good at it. Being a bit bimbo meant she didn’t get bored doing nothing for hours on end. Guess what else: I hired some very smart women to be technical folks too. I was worried a bit about one of them during the interview. She was a hell of a “looker”, and I was worried maybe she wasn’t as bright as I wanted (my ‘positive looks negative bias’, but I overcame it). But her degree was from Cal Poly and she had the right answers. Later I found out she had a modeling portfolio on the side… I hired her to be a programmer because she would be bored shitless as receptionist and had the grades to show it. I’ve also hired dumpy and old and not so good looking men and women for all sorts of jobs, but not as the front door reception. BTW, largest raise I ever got through HR was 36% and that was for a woman. I used their “treat them the same” rules against them in HR… “What, she’s just as good as the men…so deserves the same pay… you mean you want to be unfair to her because she is a woman?” (and got it!).
So does any of that make ME a misogynist? Or does it just mean you match people and their skills and attributes to the job requirements?
(Oh, and on some occasions I worked the Front Desk myself when someone was out or late. It was clear that folks were not as pleased with a 40 something guy at the desk… More apprehensive about asking questions. The Pause and Look… I think I could have gotten it to work with a 20 something guy… As when I was a 20 something guy I ran the ‘front desk’ at a hospital and it worked. But the key bit is it is the customer who determines what will work well, and what doesn’t. Not the manager. Though other staff had good fun at my expense ;-)
BTW, highest paid woman I directly worked with was a VP who was a bit overweight and so-so on looks. Not being stuck at the reception desk didn’t seem to have hurt her prospects… but I’d not want to see her at Hooters waiting tables… OTOH, most of the Hooters Girls couldn’t balance a financial statement if they tried… but they make really good money for being who they are. Just like the Lucha Underground men and the dum dums playing football… but most of them I’d not want programming for me. The skill must match the job, and for “on stage public contact” that skill is often “looks good and talks sweet”.
My Bias: I grew up in a family restaurant. My Sisters made good tips and fair money waiting tables, the cooks tend to older, heavier and also make good money, but have to sweat a bit more for it (kitchens are hot). Image matters “front of house”, not so much “back of house”. Even in a little farm town. “in a pinch” Dad would wait tables and I even stopped doing the busboy thing a couple of times to ‘pitch in’ waiting tables (a waitress was late and the rush was on), but while accepting, the customers clearly wanted “the girls” back… Does that make THEM sexist, or does that just mean my sisters were better at ‘chit-chat’? Doesn’t matter. It’s what the customer wants.
So Trump is being vilified for knowing how to run a high end resort. Just like Vegas and Disney do it. OK…