09/12/2011 06:27 pm ET Updated Nov 12, 2011

Women, Swearing And The Workplace

The media has had a field day with the email ousted Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz sent to 14,000 employees of Yahoo notifying them that she'd "just been fired over the phone by Yahoo's chairman of the board." Throughout her career, the media has focused on Bartz's reputation for directness and swearing over her track record: The Wall Street Journal compiled a collection of "Carol Bartz's Best Quotes" and a 2010 Esquire article featuring an interview with Bartz was given the provocative, though not thought-provoking, title: "Hi, I'm Carol Bartz... Are you an A*****?"

But would there be such an uproar if the ousted CEO speaking her mind were male?

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