Another Tech Company Apologizes For Sexist Rant

In his book, "The Manual For Men With Abrasive Wives," Mads Christensen chided husbands to stop being so affectionate. In a column last year, he chastised the victims of the Norwegian massacre for not putting up more of a fight. And last month, he was invited by Dell Inc. to be a moderator at its big international conference in Copenhagen.

The Danish provocateur (pictured at left) took the opportunity to rejoice in the lack of women in tech. All great inventions have come from men, he explained, except for the "rolling pin." He ended by urging all the men in attendance to go home and tell their wives and girlfriends, "Shut up bitch." Dell's Danish CEO then reportedly took the stage to compliment him on his performance.

It was an unfortunate afternoon for a company that the Women's Business Enterprise Council has named one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises for the fourth year in a row, and that The Times of London has ranked twice as one of the Top 50 Employers in the U.K.

"The IT business is one of the last frontiers that manages to keep women out," Christensen told the room. "The quota of women to men in your business is sound and healthy."

Radio personality Christiane Vejlø, who was in the audience, was surprised when she arrived that the only women she could see were public-relations staff issuing name tags. She eventually spotted the "handful" of female Dell employees, who were probably squirming in their suits when Christensen looked at them directly, and asked, "What are you actually doing here?"

Christensen went on to expound his grand theory of gender, according to Vejlø's blog post on the conference, like how "bitchy" women are out to "steal" the power in business, politics and at home. And while women have contributed pretty much nothing to society, "We can thank women for the rolling pin."

In thanking Christensen at the end of the day, Dell's Danish CEO Nicolai Moresco purportedly remarked: "To stay within the code of conduct I don't want to comment on what you just said. But you did a good job."

After Vejlø's blog post was translated into English, it ricocheted through the blogosphere and forced Dell to make a flustered apology.

"These comments do not reflect Dell's company values and undermine much of the work we've done in support of women in the workplace overall," the company wrote on its Google+ page.

"Empowering women and their businesses is something close to our hearts at Dell and is the motivation behind our Women Powering Business initiative and Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network," an annual summit of female leaders.

"Going forward," it also notes, "we will be more careful selecting speakers at Dell events."

Christensen isn't the only guy who's recently made controversial comments about women at a business forum. At the Women in the Economy conference earlier this month, Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, described women's networks as "victims' units" and disparaged female mentoring programs. When it came to question time, a woman reportedly shouted, "We're regaining consciousness."

And several women and a few men walked out of a talk last month by Matt Van Horn, an executive at the social media company, Path, at the South by Southwest Interactive festival. Van Horn told the packed crowd that he had landed a job at Digg by sending them "bikini shots" from a "nudie calendar." He also warned against "gangbang interviews" -- interviews-by-committee -- and seemed taken aback when no one chuckled at his joke about his fraternity's recruiting strategy to "attract the hottest girls."

Ridiculing women at conferences might have gone unnoticed when there were no women in the room. But these days there usually are, and most companies in tech and business are actively trying to increase that number. So if a speaker chooses to mock ladies in pursuit of laughs, he can probably count on someone blogging about it, and other women thinking twice before they send in a job application.




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Okay Dell you can now go to hell-in-a-handbasket! I encourage all women and decent men to avoid ALL Dell products!

February 25 2014 at 12:43 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
denny

The New Age Man

The "New age' man, is still waiting for the "liberated" woman. Equality is what she screamed ,protested, lobbied,marched, and begged for. ......Men had to reluctantly agree...................Hey!...Well Ok.......by force, or by nature..........Women now have the same rights under the law , as their male counterparts. (and then some)........................Well then........Now men should expect their significant others to take equal part in everything ......right?......................You know.........He mows the grass this week, she mows it the next............The house payment is due.....I hope she has her half,.................Oh My God!!!!!! Honey...Im on my way to my male sensitivity class,......I just backed over the cat......Can you clean it up for me?..........Honey,....after you get your nails and hair done tomorrow......can you change the oil in the pickup for me????........Babe...the sinks backed up.........Your turn : ) : ); )............How many times do I have to remind you........PUT THE TOILET SEAT BACK UP WHEN YOUR DONE!!!!.............Have you ever gone to the bathroom in the dark, and discovered you were pissing on a closed toilet lid????????........................Jeeeesus!!!!!........... Alright, Alright.....Ill give up ESPN,......You'll give up the Lifetime channel,...............I cant beleive you didn't remember , this was the anniversary of the first time I "felt you up" !!!!!!!!...........Your so insensitive!!!!..............Just because your girlfriends sit around drinking coffee, talking on the phone , gossipping about everything......does that mean YOU have to??????............ Babe .....Chuck is having a bad time coping with his hair loss..........Im taking him to the Strip bar, to cheer him up.............. Honey!.........after dinner, can we just forget about cuddeling, watch television, and NOT talk???????.......................I swear to GOD!!!!! If our daughter has to do her patriotic duty, and ends up in the middle east, and gets killed in some stupid war.........................Oooohhhhhh!.............................I cant believe you disagree with a mans "right to choose" whether to be a father , or not..................................Sweetcakes!........while your at the Mall,........would you mind if I went to the strip mines, to shoot off a couple of hundred rounds?........... I cant beleive you forgot ,today was the first day of hunting season!............You Sow!!!!!!!.......................................Feelings feeings feelings......every little problem that comes down the road.....YOU have to have some "feelings" about it!...............You have a problem with Monday Night Football.....I have a problem with Feminine hygene commercials!..............What!.....You say you cant take it anymore, and you want out?.........Okie dokie sister!...............I get the house, the car, the kids, alimony, all medical bills paid, sympathy from my family, and yours,.........Just mail all of your paychecks to my girlfriends house..........Now she's a REAL woman.....She cooks, cleans, provides for me in every way,.......Watches football with me,........lets me hang out and drink with my buddies,....knows when to shut up!........she never wants to cuddle and talk,......never goes WACKO during her period,..........she never asks me to be sensitive, and loves it when I fart!!!!!!!! ............She just took out the garbage!.......Tomorrow she is painting the house....Tee heee......Isnt it grand????.......And all I have to do is pamper myself, and remain desireable.................................................................There are many MISGUIDED "New age Men".........................................But you will never find a truly....."liberated" woman.as it pertains to COMPLETE AND TOTAL EQUALITY!!!!!

May 25 2012 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jordan

@fluteprincess
and men invented the flashlight, the lifejacket, the vastly superior v6. men first invented the fire escape by ladders too, the girl only patented the outdoor staircase afterwards. also syringes were invented by men, all 3 generations of them but I would love if you have a source. And men already found the cure for silly women windshield wipers...........rain-x :D

May 19 2012 at 5:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dotlhs56

Dell, first you allowed this and then praised him for his speech. What does that say about you and your company. Did he ever think that the lack of women in tech is due to the fact that they can't get their foot in the door due to people like him. He needs to have a biblical stoning with all women hurling the stones.

May 19 2012 at 9:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
welcome Babs

Too bad some woman invented this clown.

May 19 2012 at 7:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fluteprincess

Women invented emergency flares, life rafts, fire escapes, the medical syringe, windshield wipers, the rotary engine, and tons of other things that don't include the rolling pin.

May 19 2012 at 7:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bach

This guy is comedian. White men are the brunt of jokes all the time. Grow some ladies.

May 19 2012 at 7:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
msmall2612

I am looking for a new pc ... and as I sit here, the logo "DELL" on my current pc is staring back at me ... however, after reading this article, you can bet my sweet rolling pin that my new one will NOT be a Dell!

May 19 2012 at 7:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Buckingham's

What in the dell were they thinking?

May 19 2012 at 3:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ZeBestBlonde

I may have to go into video blogging on these types of stories. I think I NEED to call dell-lol. I canNOT believe ANY company in their right mind would hire some douche like this, with this type of thinking and LACK of morals, values, manners or anything else and have him publicly speak. Come over here to America danish douche and call me a B- you won't find you'll get a lollipop licking behind closed doors from the dell head honcho who wrote you a check for your crappy "speech" You are the type of male who CLEARLY does NOT like women, are you gay? even gay men like women so you must just be a SCUM! You do NOT have taste, you are IGNORANT. Cowards! NONE of these males could stand 1 20 min. one-on-one with ANY female out there and make it! When you talk CRAP in public, it's often a good sign you are TAKING it in PRIVATE- or hmmm... the privates men... I rest my case! And gay men have far MORE manners and balls than the men in these stories.

May 19 2012 at 2:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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