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My Corporate Summer: You’ll find me in the ovary-friendly part of the office

malefemale 300x224 My Corporate Summer: Youll find me in the ovary friendly part of the office

"There is no rivalry between the bromances and chick fests; however, I have learned that, like high school, you eventually end up identifying with the clique that is most like you."

Coming into a new work environment for a summer job is reminiscent of the first day of high school. Stepping into the office is much like stepping into the school cafeteria for the first time.

From a distance, everyone seems to be eating happily together as a school, but with time you discover that the student body is divided into well-defined cliques. Similarly, the office seems to be a unified group of employees. However, I have discovered that although you eventually leave high school, it never truly leaves you.

If the company is like a school, then the sales team is the jocks. This rambunctious group is comprised of all-male “manly-men” who believe in working hard and playing harder.

The HR women, on the other hand, are fewer in number and quieter in nature. Both teams work in a cohesive manner and are welcoming and friendly with each other, but the partition is still apparent.

My section of the office is geographically laid out according to gender. This division of the sexes was of course, unintentional, however it has had a major impact on the office dynamic. I sit in the ovary-friendly section of the office with five other women and one man.

Though our solo male seems to have strayed from his herd, the office boys club regularly ventures into the land of women so that they can invite him out for beers, ribs or 18 holes of manly bonding.

The women also perpetuate their single sex clique by going out for frequent girls’ lunches and discussing the latest Perez Hilton gossip and bashings in the office.

There is no rivalry between the bromances and chick fests; however, I have learned that, like high school, you eventually end up identifying with the clique that is most like you. The gender partition runs as deep as the Grand Canyon; you can be on either side, but having one foot on each cliff is not really possible.

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Ishani Nath is a proud McMaster alum, aspiring writer and current journalism grad student at Ryerson University. When she's not hammering out articles, she can usually be found on a patio or nestled on a couch trying to keep up with those crazy Kardashians. She hopes to one day have a job that makes her excited to get up each morning, or at least one that gives her free food. Intrigued? Enthralled? Learn more by following her on @ishaninath.

4 comments

  1. July 8, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Bahaha ovary-friendly. Awesome. Also, kudos on using a clip from Mean Girls.

  2. July 8, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I can’t take credit for the clip, that was all Cassandra :)

  3. July 9, 2009 at 8:47 am

    For some reason Mean Girls was all I could think about when I was editing this article. I tried to find a good clip from the actual film, but it seems like they’re getting better at removing them from YouTube.

  4. michelle
    July 9, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    I think one of the things I dislike about work is sadly, the work politics. Although, I want to believe we are all merit-equal in the workplace gender does sometimes ‘dramatically’ change the work place politics.

    And don’t worry – sometimes in Science, it’s a bunch of old men being mean girls to each other, and the nice thing is – they actually leave girls out of it . . . sometimes :)

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