I used to make fun of women a lot.
I made fun of their driving skills, I've joked that they wear white on their wedding day to match the stove and the fridge, that God made them to wash our dishes, how they have smaller feet to get closer to the kitchen sink, and how battered women sound delicious.
Truth is though I love women, I have all the respect in the world for them and despite my historical antics, never in my life had I doubted them in an academic, social, or professional environment - especially on Wall Street.
That said, there are always people who take equality too seriously.
A recent wave of gender equality proposals have caused a stir in Europe, 's Josef Ackermann made a quip on why their board should have more fraus on it.
'Women on our board would make it prettier and more colourful'
Outraged by his "scandalous" allegory, the EU is now pushing for quotas for women on corporate boards, and if successful, may force Deutsche and other companies to promote women into top positions just for the sake of diversity.
Now on Wall Street, some would argue that women already have it easier than the guys, and if this system makes its way across the pond then more than a few guys might get screwed big time.
I want to know what the women on WSO's thoughts are on this; how would you feel if you were promoted just to meet a quota? These things have a knack for trickling down so its not impossible for this to happen at the lower levels.
And to the dudes; how would you feel if you got passed over because of this?
This probably won't be happening soon in the States though, but with things going the way they're going, you'll never know.