Proving just how far the world still has to go, a nuclear power plant in the Czech Republic attempted to hire its new intern through a bikini contest.
CEZ's Temelin station shared photographs of 10 young women on their Facebook page, each of the high school graduates dressed in nothing more than a flimsy bikini. The only thing work-appropriate about what they were wearing were the hard hats and closed-toed shoes.
According to CNN, the post states that the contestant with the most Facebook likes will win a two-week internship at the plant and be crowned "Miss Energy 2017," which the company doesn't seem to find sexist at all.
"We think photographs are very tasteful," CEZ commented on the post. "The combination of beauty and the industrial environment gives an interesting result."
By "interesting result" we doubt they were talking about the severe backlash to their hiring methods.
Czech please!— Joy Lewis (@JoyLewisAAI) June 26, 2017
I'm done here.
To think a company in 2017 would use this as part of their intern selection process.https://t.co/42rSe1vF3X
This totally undermines respect for women in the workplace by valuing women for their looks, not their skills. https://t.co/7kHvq3ze0R— Men Against Violence (@MAV_Preston) June 26, 2017
The Independent reported that CEZ has since apologized in another Facebook post, announcing that all 10 girls will be offered internships with the company while insisting that the bikini contest was just meant to "promote technical education."
Although details as to whether or not this was an internship opportunity only offered to females (which would explain why only girls were finalists and would also sadly explain why a bikini contest was given the green light at all) remain unknown, a spokesperson from the company told The Independent that they give around 900 students the opportunity to intern with them every year.
This has been yet another slap in the face for a lot of women and their allies, but the backlash is heartening. May we continue working to make sexism (and nuclear energy for that matter) history so that we'll never have to put the words "bikini contest" and "nuclear power plant" together again.