Is it sexist to comment on Women’s clothes?
I recently read a post on social media, It was a newspaper cutting commenting on Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom outfits.
People (mostly women) were outraged and angry that the paper had done so and obviously their outfits had nothing to do with there work.
This got me thinking, Is it actually sexist to comment on Women’s clothes, It has nothing to do with how they conduct themselves or their work within the work place……. Or has it?
I recently went to a meeting a Warrington Town Hall. It was a Business meeting – as a sole trader I don’t often attend such meetings. I put an awful lot of thought into my outfit. I wanted to still dress like me, but kind of felt the need to “fit it”. I NEVER want to fit in normally, but I felt like such a fish out of water attending this meeting. I figured it was the best thing for it.
As I was sat in my car watching everyone go in my “fit in” outfit clearly didn’t!!!! Everyone was in suits, Black Grey or Navy. With only a handful of women in attendance (also in the same “uniform”)
I had an important question to ask and needed certain information, so I was determined I wasn’t backing out.
As I went in all eyes were on me, firstly I have A LOT of visible tattoos ( I don’t really see them anymore – but its obvious others do) My “fit in” outfit consisted of a hot pink pussy bow blouse, Leopard print coat and matching handbag.
When it came to the Q&A session I was the first to be picked, you see I stood out in the crowd of Black, Blue and Grey. My questions was (partly) answered and I got the information I needed.
The thing is, If i hadn’t of dressed “like me” I wouldn’t have had the confidence to go in and to ask the question. Clothes help make me who I am. After all, being individual and not following the crowd is what my business is all about.
Our clothes tell a story of where we are from and who our “tribe” is.
Years ago Wayne Hemmingway (quite a cool cat IMHO) made a comment that we all had a tribe except Goths because they had no style. My Sister was outraged, you see he was insulting her tribe.
I don’t think its sexist to comment on women clothes at all, Just lets do it to men too after all Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t dress like David Cameron!!!
Thanks for reading my ramblings. FYI I have a week off with my Family between 15th July to 22nd July I’ll again be having a technology free week and well reply to any enquiries on my return.
TTFN LInsey @ Dollys xxI