Even if the clothes themselves are neutral -- say khaki slacks and t-shirt -- the shape of the wearer's body will usually make the sex of the wearer apparent. If the clothes are cut to fit, the shape of the body will be clearer. Of course, different individuals have different body shapes that may exaggerate or minimize typical sex characteristics.
If women should wear miniskirts and plunging necklines, does equality dictate that men should wear codpieces?
There are some professions in which that kind of clothing is appropriate or even typical, even some in which sexual objectification of the male body is the main point.
But business executive is not one of them.
Of course I did once observe Scott Hamilton taking a business meeting dressed in tights and t-shirt.
On site at a pro competition right after practice.
Unless you're Sharon Stone. (Ok, she wore a dress but the skirt was short ).
"Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility." - Ambrose Bierce
My former boss, a senior partner in one of the big Bay Street firms, told me that when she was first called to the Bar, she made her own suits because there was little available for business women at that time. Today, there is a wide range of feminine suits available either with pants or skirts. You can even buy stylish and attractive jackets on their own. And my former boss no longer makes her own suits.
It is also possible to dress stylishly without "gender objectification" becoming an issue, and without looking like a dowdy grandmother either. The media may make it appear to be an either/or situation but that's far from true.
Lawyers in Canada have to wear robes to court but not in the US. We had ourselves here in SF a very tiffed ADA once also former SF First Lady Kim Guilefoyle. She won the infamous dog mauling case. She now has a job on TV.
"Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."
from Speedy Death
But my kids' experience is a lot like yours. My son wears pink a lot including a fedora with pink pin stripes that he wears any time he has to wear a suit. He's quite proud of that hat and, if anyone gives him a hard time, he tells them pink is a very manly color. My daughter asked for permission to go on a date with a girl a few months ago as well. (I told her that our dating rules hadn't changed -- no solo dates until she's 16 -- no matter what gender her date was. )
Delete. Wrong Thread.
On the cover of our local newspaper, there is a story entitled "Students given Cinderella-style grad". The accompanying picture shows four young women in their grad dresses in front of a horse-drawn carriage which is a large white metal-framed, pumpkin-shaped carriage.
I find it interesting that in 2011, we still have females who want to be "princesses" whereas I never see anything similar about males wanting to be "princes".
And the women wonder why they never found their Prince Charming...lol
"Michelle would never be caught with sausage grease staining her Vera Wang." - rfisher
I'm not sure what should be done about it, though.
Exception that proves the rule?During the summer of 2001, he proposed to her during a specially planned evening with a Cinderella theme, including a scroll inviting her to the "royal ball" and a gift of a crystal glass slipper. This engagement theme provided motivation for his free skate this year, which is skated to music from the ballet "Cinderella."