Annie Bond, 28, began working at Center Camp Café in 2012 and corroborated reports of gender discrimination. At first she was under contract by a vendor working at Burning Man, but she got poached by the Burning Man organization. She dated her manager, who promoted her as his assistant, but after they broke up, she quickly realized where the organization’s priorities lay: with her ex.
“Previously we had a great working relationship and it seemed really infallible and strong, and all of a sudden he was not talking to me; he would put me on hold on the radio and never come back, and he wouldn’t tell other departments I was his assistant,” she said.
Bond was told a position was waiting for her, after she decided to take a year off, but the following year she was told the organization didn’t have a budget to rehire her. Bond said she agreed with a friend who said Burning Man culture was pervaded with “toxic masculinity.”
There was “manipulation through, you know, various forms of male-generated power of persuasion,” she explained.
Which is the toxic masculinity? Getting the promotion because you’re putting out to your boss or getting ignored because you’re not?