Charlotte Proudman, a barrister in human rights law at the Chambers of Michael Mansfield QC, recently took to Twitter to share the insulting message she received on LinkedIn from top London lawyer, Alexander Carter-Silk.
The message read, “Charlotte, delighted to connect, I appreciate that this is probably horrendously politically incorrect but that is a stunning picture!!!”
He continued, “You definitely win the prize for the best Linked in [sic] picture I have ever seen…”
Proudman responded by telling Mr Carter-Silk that she found his message “offensive” and that she used LinkedIn for professional purposes.
“…Unacceptable and misogynistic behaviour. Think twice before sending another woman (half your age) such a sexist message,” part of her response read.
Proudman took a screenshot of the message and uploaded it to social media, urging other women to share their own experiences with men who have used professional networking sites in an inappropriate way, and several women have responded.
Rebecca New shared an offensive message she received, saying that it happens all the time.
Lucy Clarke shared a message in which she was referred to as a “stunning girl.”
Well done for sharing your story @CRProudman Proud to stand as a professional women! Here's the latest creep.. pic.twitter.com/YXAHqFvNwN
— Life Design Diaries Podcast (@LifeDesignPod) September 9, 2015
And countless women have since taken to Twitter to either share their own personal experiences with sexism and misogyny, or to show their support and stand in solidarity with Proudman.
@CRProudman Thank you for elegant response to sexist barrister LinkedIn msg. Hope such idiots will now stop use as dating site. Yuck
— SCT (@sctgr8) September 9, 2015
— Heather Platt (@hevspider) September 9, 2015
@ExF1Fan @CRProudman You've missed the point. She's an accomplished barrister but he says she's pretty. Reductive. Sexist. Full stop.
— Lyndsey Duff (@Duffington_Post) September 9, 2015
Proudman has also encouraged both men and women to share their own experience with sexism.
For his part, Mr Carter-Silk has responded to the allegation via a statement to message board RollOnFriday. He said, “Most people post pretty unprofessional pictures on LinkedIn, my comment was aimed at the professional quality of the presentation on LinkedIn which was unfortunately misinterpreted.”