Freep solicits white male execs to give women career advice, it backfires spectacularly

If you've never heard of mansplaining, a college classmate of mine recently summed up the phenomenon is a succinct status update.  It seems the folks in the Detroit Free Press business section are also unfamiliar with the microaggression, as they recently posted a story in which four white male business executives offered advice to "women who want their jobs."

Detroit businesswoman Rachel Lutz, who owns the Peacock Room and Frida, didn't take too kindly to the story.

Yes, it's a head-scratcher!

Facebook user Stephan Bobalik posted this handy flow chart in the comments section of Lutz's update, noting how that sordid editorial meeting should have gone.

It is captioned: "The women at my office came up with this helpful decision tree."

To be fair, some of the advice was OK. Kelly Services president and CEO Carl Camden said, "I don't know that there needs to be special advice to women. I always argued that those who have a plan don't always do as well as those who are opportunistic and see what the company needs, what the customers need and take advantage of that. Step into places where you are uncomfortable — or are uncertain. But that's advice I would give to anybody."

Good, yes — he offers sound advice that applies to both men and women. He did the best he could to polish this turd of a question. Applause.

Read the deeply embarrassing Free Press story here.

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Alysa Zavala-Offman

Alysa Zavala-Offman is the managing editor of Detroit Metro Times. She lives in the downriver city of Wyandotte with her husband, toddler, mutt, and two orange cats.
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