I may not look the part, but I’m a successful woman.
This was brought to my attention yesterday, when I received the following email message:
You were recently chosen as a potential candidate to represent your professional community in the 2011/2012 National Organization of Successful Women.
It my not be such a bad deal, as the e-mail also claimed that I can “connect with over 250,000 professional women interested in networking!”
That sounds pretty awesome to me.
Alas, if there is even such a thing as the “National Organization for Successful Women,” it doesn’t appear to have a web presence according to my cursory Google search. My guess? It’s a play on the National Association of Professional Women to trick you into clicking on their junk mail.
It turns out I’m not the only male member of the media to get the news. Andrew Potter of the Times-Republican in Iowa wrote about receiving a similar email in December:
These junk emails are getting a little out of control.
In the media we get put on email lists all the time, and we have been bombarded with Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and other emails as the caucuses draw near.
A non-political email I received Friday morning took the cake as far as I’m concerned in the world of junk emails.
I learned in this email that I’ve been nominated as a potential candidate to be included in the 2011-12 National Organization of Successful Women.
The email goes on to say that this organization is made up of female executives, professionals and entrepreneurs and then in big type it says
“All Successful Women Deserve to be Recognized.”
Well, I agree with that. But, I have a news flash for them, I happen to be male. Either that, or I have a lot of explaining to do to my family and friends.
Read the rest of the column here.