MEAN girls

Gretchen: That is so fetch! 
Regina: Gretchen, stop trying to make fetch happen! It's not going to happen!
- Mean Girls

News Shopper reports the birth of a new networking group for called Brockley Women MEAN Business. It's for women who want to "think out of the box", in order to deliver end-to-end paradigms, orchestrate open source models and mesh sticky applications.

The launch event is on February 27th at the Brockley Social Club. Details of the group here.

As an alternative the Hilly Fields Lunch Club also provides networking opportunities for local entrepreneurs.

27 comments:

Vickola said...

Wow! This post is like a 60-word tutorial in Trivialisation: Your Most Pernicious Weapon in a 'Keeping Women In Their Place' webinar.

Anonymous said...

If we were playing Bullshit Bingo, Nick, that post would be a full house.

Please tell me your post was knowingly tongue-in-cheek and not PR speak leaking out into normal English!

bellyki said...

Nick, you are SO fetch.

Anonymous said...

A post crying out for some paradigmatic analysis of its own.

Just a little busy right now.

Andy said...

Vickola, have you read the BWMB site? Now that is vacuous and regressive on the sexual equality front. Pamper days and professional make overs to use in promo material? Because remember girls if you aren't pretty, no one will want to do business with you. The emphasis on stereotypically girly things makes me cringe.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was April 1st...

Anonymous said...

attention seeker . . .

Anonymous said...

I do find the initiative itself to be horribly sexist.

Mondee said...

Shocking website. I can't take anyone seriously who can't spell, and can't be bothered to get someone to check over their work before publishing it on a supposedly professional website (or anywhere else for that matter).
Meet&Motivate Empower - who is this Empower, and why would I want to meet or motivate her? Meanwhile, the A in MEAN apparently stands for Asipre, and I'm also invited to 'get invloved'. Sounds intriguing.

Anonymous said...

You people are M.E.A.N!

euterpe said...

I'm afraid the website does not do the organisation any favours and actually puts me (as a female entrepreneur) off getting involved.

Your website is your shop window. It is peppered with typos (as pointed out by Mondee) and punctuation errors ("but members, will get a 50% discount"), and the references to "girlie weekends" and "the Big Pink Pamper Party" makes it difficult to take you seriously.

I congratulate your initiative in wanting to start a business network, but I can't support it in its current form.

Brockley Dogging Society said...

The BDS regularly has a ladies get-together and we wonder if the two groups could be merged.

Would you mind if we came?

Brockley Nick said...

So was the post perniciously trivialising or a legitimate critique of a perniciously trivial organisation.

euterpe said...

Both.

euterpe said...

Ooops, I mean that it depends on whether you'd already decided the organisation was perniciously trivial. If you hadn't, then your post was pernicious trivialisation.

Brockley Nick said...

Well no-one has accused me of undue subtlety before. But perhaps you'd like to click on the link to the Hilly Fields Lunch Club, which I provided.

Or this http://bit.ly/nCfF5k

Or this http://bit.ly/187YH2

And compare and contrast the tone.

Brockley Nick said...

Plus, of course I am not going to miss the opportunity to go with that headline and quote the film.

THNick said...

Disappointing that the BDS doesnt also offer "end to end paradigms" or "sticky applications"

J said...

saw this in the paper and wondered why the emphasis on MEAN - not very encouraging for local women

Jennifer said...

The Hilly Fields Network (subtle name change from Lunch Club), is unlikely to be offering makeovers or pink pamper parties in the near future, but continues to provide local businesses and freelancers with a friendly monthly meet-up. Next meet is on Friday 2nd March at The Ravensbourne Arms with guest speaker El Thompson from London Deli of the Year, El's Kitchen.

http://hillyfieldsnetwork.org.uk/

All freelancers, homeworkers and local businesses welcome (M.E.A.N. or otherwise.)

Anonymous said...

It seems like someone wants to raise some cash, £15 per head...

BrockleyCross said...

I note the website invites you to get "invloved". Sounds interesting

HardliaNotion said...

I know it is fashionable to mock the afflicted, but it is too easy and not much fun and makes us look bad. Bad show.

Lisa said...

Down with the jargon!

http://blogs.hbr.org/pallotta/2011/12/i-dont-understand-what-anyone.html

Anonymous said...

I live in Bromley, and we would cry out for something like this. I myself have had a look, and rather than bitch and dog people, why not support and suggest. Small minded pompous individuals - I have had a look at the website myself and apart from a few typos dont see anything wrong.
I guess there are alot of bored people around...

Anonymous said...

I noticed a few typos, but cant see the problem. I say a bit of fun thrown in, mixing business with pleasure is never a negative thing.
All the best to them.

Anonymous said...

About time there was a move from the many boring 'networks' that seem to only be covering particular areas!
Something with some life and vibrancy.
What negative posts. The men could set up a ' let's lick our wounds club.
Mens magazines and womens magazines.
Mens Toilet's and Women's Toilet's.
International Women's Day
Hundreds of women only events and organisations...
Spread some positivity on your blog for a change Nick

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