I had a conversation with a coworker about SlutWalk, during which I stated that while I was a little uncomfortable with the name, I liked the overall message. To which my coworker replied, “Well, some women do bring them on themselves when they dress a certain way.” Uh huh. And then went on to claim that women had it better in the ’50s. Because “they didn’t have to work so hard”. After the sensation of having a minor stroke passed, I started to point out that just because during our past women couldn’t get the same jobs as men (or vote, or go to college, or be considered an actual human being… but I digress), doesn’t mean they didn’t “work so hard”. But I began to fear the conversation would become heated quickly, so we changed the topic.
This is why you don’t talk about anything controversial at work.