Securities and Exchange Commission's fraud suit against Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Unlike @Conde Elevator, he’s been plugging along for more than two years, apparently unperturbed by his compliance department..” (Not his headline, he stresses.) The guide had retrograde advice when it comes to women — she wants you to approach her, she wants you to buy her dinner, she wants you to kiss her, she is judging your sunglasses, she is more costly than any hooker.
Doesn’t it characterize women as superficial, acquiescent, expensive prostitutes?
In no way do I feel that I have characterized women in that way.
Once you set the bar at Per Se gnocchi or ,000-plus-a-night resorts, it’s difficult to ever downgrade from there.
Also for many women in banking, their benchmarks for a man are their friends and colleagues — well-educated, well-paid, overachievers. You wrote that it’s "moronic" to call this guide sexist.
More interesting, the pseudonymous tweeter entered the comments section of another woman’s rebuttal to defend his guide as a semi-satirical work taken all too literally by feminist critics.
Loath to be misunderstood, @GSElevator submitted to a pseudonymous e-mail Q&A to clarify his finer points, most of which are based on anecdotes with fellow Goldman Sachs employees too numerous to get into here. “When I get around to writing one.” What did you hope to accomplish with the Goldman Sachs Guide to Being a Man? My goal was simple — to provide fresh, broadly original, genuinely thoughtful, and sincere advice to people in an entertaining manner. Although I do make a point to finish my column with the great words of Douglas Bader, “Rules are for the obedience of fools, and the guidance of wise men.” So, to me, all rules are simply a loose guide for living.
Bankers can be particularly obnoxious, socially awkward, and obtuse to the existence and realities of a world outside of investment banking. For personal reasons, my favorite Goldman man would have to be Jim Esposito. Is the Goldman Sachs Guide to Being a Man applicable to Goldman women?
With respect to Goldman Sachs, I can say specifically that it is a culture (more so than at other firms) whereby employees tend to define themselves as people by the fact that they work for Goldman Sachs. So, in my free time, other than a few close friends from my analyst class, I try not to socialize with investment bankers. But in terms of great men, which I think is what you are really asking, I’d have to say Jay Gould, Alexander Hamilton, and Tupac Shakur. From my experience, men can be intimidated by women in banking, and can certainly feel emasculated by their work ethic, intelligence, ambition, and wallet size. When you’re an analyst working 100-hour weeks, free time is precious.