I am fully prepared to be told I am BU, but I think I'm being outraged on behalf of a friend.
my friend who I met whilst pregnant and we have children 2 days apart today got called in to the managers office because she had a conversation with a small group of women about her breast augmentation she was told it was inappropriate and offensive and that the manager didn't want her labeled
am I bu to think a discussion on breasts and just general chit chat about a medical procedure as in price, size, did it hurt, and where did you go quietly amongst a group of adults is not offensive?
the conversation must have been overheated by someone else, she has since been told the conversation is fine to have in the break room, but not on the office floor .
my friend has laughed it off, as it wasn't a formal disciplinary but still I think it's all a bit OTT, she didn't seem bothered by it, but for some reason I am .
I do not know your friend's workplace. It probably only needs one person to be offended and complain for such a conversation with the manager to take place. There are also some managers who are scared/frightened not to have taken any action, especially if the complainer then says that for religious or cultural reasons such a conversation is inappropriate and they were ignored.
It could of course just be that the manager feels there was too much conversation during work hours and so it's an excuse to stop/reduce it.
from what I can gather it was far from an in depth conversation just a yes I've had them done, cost about 4k and no didn't hurt much and on with work, but fair enough.
she didn't seem bothered by it all. she did however send me a message after saying, hope I don't get pulled in next for the breast feeding conversation I had too with a colleague. She reckons boosms are embargoed now .
Neither inappropriate, nor offensive IMO. Actually - definitely not offensive.
Where the hell do you work to only be able to have these sorts of conversations in the break room? Sheesh. Sure there wouldn't have been such a fuss if the operation had been, say, for a mole to be removed.
Not that I sit around at work talking about my tits all day or anything, but sheesh.
It could be anything. Someone overhearing could have lost someone to breast cancer, they might have hang ups about their own body or they may judge women who get them. But it's really not an office topic and should be discussed at a break time instead.
A colleague of mine overshared everything at work and was warned by her manager to stop discussing her periods and abortion with a 19 year old man we both worked with. He'd complained - rightly!
Where the hell do you work to only be able to have these sorts of conversations in the break room?
A school, a shop, a dentists, anywhere customer facing or working with kids would be a safe bet. What a strange comment! Plenty of places it wouldn't be appropriate to discuss your breasts or indeed any other personal information.
OP, yabu. In the break room is fine, but not at the coal face.
Depends entirely on the office. In my office it'd be OK but inadvisable: I work with a load of pervy old chauvinists brokers and you'd be mad to talk openly about a boob job in front of the as the responses you'd get would be utterly unprintable.
I don't think it's massively professional in any workplace though.
It's not a strange comment because I don't think it's offensive to talk about breasts.
Perhaps I read the thread wrong, but when the OP asked whether she was BU to think a general discussion on a procedures (yes, on breasts) quietly amongst a group of adults was offensive, I didn't picture it being in front of children, at the dentists or somewhere customer facing.
I can't say too much as not too out her, it's not a customer facing office they never have customers and don't deal with the general public or have any passing trade.
The entire office is giggling about it like school children, seems to have tickled everyone. From what I can gather, it's a majority young adult demographic office and far worse conversation have occurred including ping pong balls and a trip to Thailand, gynacology appointments and so forth, so it seems quite absurd that this has been pulled out as a example.
I've formed the impression that different offices have different cultures of propriety. My colleagues can talk about almost anything without anyone getting offended, but I have a friend who was reprimanded for using the word bitch in a conversation about dog breeding. I wonder whether it's that people assume a breast augmentation is something sexual and qualitatively different from other kinds of breast surgery - for example breast reconstruction after cancer...