If you are journalist, salesperson, doctor, or entrepreneur, you may not want to arrive at work dressed like you are going to a party. Women and men should be able to dress however they like. But at most jobs, you want people to take you seriously. For women –young and old — that’s still hard sometimes. The workplace is still home to a few leering bosses or co-workers — or viewers. At the risk of blaming the victim — Why encourage it?
When it’s a personal choice, so be it. But, as Beth Teitell notes in today’s Boston Globe, sometimes, the TV news boss insists. We welcome her story on broadcast wardrobe requirement that might seem undignified to many journalists.
“Should a TV anchorwoman be required to dress for work in a cocktail dress? Or stilettos? What about body-hugging tops?…It is no revelation that TV news personalities work in a field where looks and appearance matter, but many women in broadcasting say that pressures to dress sexier for the camera have been ratcheting up for at least a decade and have come to a point that they can seem pervasive.”