It was just another ordinary day on the job for a female pilot named Charlotte. Unfortunately, all it took was a couple of cretinous passengers making sexist jokes for her day to take a sudden nosedive.
Charlotte, who also goes by @pilotcharlotte, tweeted on Saturday about her "lovely day flying" with her awesome crew.
But then a couple of goons taunted her with some idiotic comments like, "I won't make any jokes about female drivers then."
Had such a lovely day flying with an 👌 crew. Baffled as to why 2 male pax felt that these comments were nescesarr… https://t.co/HCll9vTD1y— Charlotte (@Charlotte)1526778326.0
Her knee-jerk response to the moronic jokes was to casually laugh them off, but the insults made her reflect on the negative impact toward women who aspire to pursue her career.
Being used to this kind of humour, my reaction of course was to be professional, laugh and ask them if they were en… https://t.co/kiUnhZWSPr— Charlotte (@Charlotte)1526811568.0
It is this attitude that puts women off and another barrier stopping them from going into male dominated careers. I… https://t.co/fMLtghTaEX— Charlotte (@Charlotte)1526815426.0
@pilotcharlotte I know your response will have been nothing other than professional.... but... JOG ALONG NOW FELLA… https://t.co/txODXU8WY2— Lady❤G (@Lady❤G)1526800737.0
A male user had the audacity to challenge her concern as if she were overreacting.
@pilotcharlotte Does it really put women off though? Or don't women just shrug it off as a stupid remark from a stu… https://t.co/xaoeov4co0— David Jones (@David Jones)1526815874.0
@metaburbia The question is, why should we have to put up with it?— Charlotte (@Charlotte)1526815987.0
@pilotcharlotte I was really asking about your suggestion it's a significant barrier to women. You can't legislate… https://t.co/0EcMCg6BlL— David Jones (@David Jones)1526816095.0
Suddenly the thread became a debate.
@metaburbia @pilotcharlotte Such comments just wear you down after a while. That’s why it’s a barrier. It’s so unne… https://t.co/G6GjQmEPRw— Tina Riches (@Tina Riches)1526816470.0
@TinaRiches1 @pilotcharlotte My question was whether passing remarks and 'jokes'- though stupid & bigoted - are a… https://t.co/DU3shkeIjc— David Jones (@David Jones)1526816599.0
Charlotte emphasized that sexist jokes never prevented her from achieving her goals but that she was nonetheless disappointed by prevailing and demeaning attitudes toward women.
I didn’t get where I am today by listening to these kinds of comments. I’m not offended, I’m not disheartened. I’m… https://t.co/4j1xiyJudi— Charlotte (@Charlotte)1526817321.0
One guy got it; the scenario was a familiar one.
@pilotcharlotte My wife’s a pilot, every time she flies she gets a ‘well done dear’ or similar from holidaymakers.… https://t.co/XuS2uYqAy1— Danø 🇬🇧 🇺🇸🇨🇦🇦🇺🇳🇿 (@Danø 🇬🇧 🇺🇸🇨🇦🇦🇺🇳🇿)1526804845.0
@DanoDXB You got it @DanoDXB I literally couldn't put it better myself. Your wife is this kind of role model young women need.— Charlotte (@Charlotte)1526812541.0
Speaking of role models, others saw Charlotte as one as well.
@pilotcharlotte @DanoDXB as are you! being able to laugh it off and remain professional is exactly the reaction the… https://t.co/1X9eBh4IxD— scarlet begonia (@scarlet begonia)1526837613.0
@pilotcharlotte @DanoDXB they are a testament to the negative effects of toxic masculinity on the subconscious thin… https://t.co/ud2x70bUMM— scarlet begonia (@scarlet begonia)1526837732.0
Short-sighted men have options if they don't approve of who's behind the controls.
@chiller @JeeviEEEEE This is was the Captains response when he found out 😂— Charlotte (@Charlotte)1526813116.0
Here's a public service announcement from an ally.
Read this. STOP doing this. Sexist comments about female pilots only show that you're stuck in the 1800s. https://t.co/aK8QeKBnoZ— Daniel Geaslen 🛩️⛰️ (@Daniel Geaslen 🛩️⛰️)1526815995.0
Charlotte's brother is also a pilot, and he couldn't be more proud.
Go sis! 😊 🛫 https://t.co/fSeCvEnyok— Jonny the Pilot (@Jonny the Pilot)1526818675.0
Charlotte is a great role model for girls who have sky-high ambitions. There are little girls out there who should know that when it comes to choosing a career, the sky's the limit.
H/T - Twitter