"Professionalism is a funny term, because it masquerades as neutral despite being loaded with immense oppression. As a concept, professionalism is racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, classist, imperialist and so much more — and yet people act like professionalism is non-political. Bosses across the country constantly tell their employees to ‘act professionally’ without a second thought. Wear a garment that represents your non-Western culture to work? Your boss may tell you it’s unprofessional. Wear your hair in braids or dreadlocks instead of straightened? That’s probably unprofessional too. Wear shoes that are slightly scuffed because you can’t yet afford new ones? People may not think you’re being professional either."
Why I’m Genderqueer, Professional and Unafraid, by Jacob Tobia (via wertheyouth)
I was told off by a co-worker for “walking unprofessionally” (I skip when I walk sometimes, I have dyspraxia and I do stimmy type stuff like this without noticing.)
I know this is a really minor thing but I am still annoyed about it. Especially as my job is at a school for teens with disabilities.