Ah, yes. But not really. I work in science, where there are fewer rules than most places. We have women who dress to the nines. We have women who dress with a clear eye toward what they're wearing, but not with the male eye (or the female eye embodying the male eye or whatever) in mind. And we have women who dress in jeans and hoodies.
"When it comes to men, there seems to be something of a minimum standard of hygiene and presentability, which once met, makes appearances more-or-less irrelevant to a hiring decision. With women, it's less binary. [...] it says something about our priorities when even among the upper echelons of business, a women's looks still play into her notoriety in a way they do not for a man."
That said, I’ve read commentary on the image that has also struck a chord, specifically Lisa Wade’s spot-on post at Sociological Images about how Judgments pinpoints the constantly shifting boundaries of acceptable womanhood, and then relates that to something women are mocked for: all those darn clothes (you know women!). “[W]omen constantly risk getting it wrong, or getting it wrong to someone. … . Indeed, this is why women have so many clothes! We need an all-purpose black skirt that does old fashioned, another one to do proper, and a third to do flirty….” Wade’s main point is an excellent one, as it neatly sums up not only what’s fantastic about the image but why women do generally tend to have more clothes than men.
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