Businessweek is in hot water for a piece ranking business schools according to the attractiveness of its female students. When the poll was published, the backlash began. On Twitter, people were genuinely shocked and upset that such a piece would run in the magazine. Even the poll itself — now yanked from Businessweek’s site — caught angry comments from readers.
“BusinessWeek, this demeans women by suggesting our function is to be ‘decorative’, demeans those considering business school by suggesting this is a ‘story that matters’, and demeans your publcation by suggesting that you think this kind of thing is acceptable,” wrote one woman.
Apparently there was a male counterpart to the above poll. Either way, Rachel Nagler, head of communications for Businessweek, just issued a statement regarding the situation. “We regret issuing two online polls last week that asked our readers to comment on which business schools had the most attractive male and female students,” said Nagler, via email. “The Face/Off polls have been taken down from businessweek.com. They were in poor taste and undermine the tremendous value our Business Schools vertical provides.”