Originally posted by hotbakedtater
Last week, a survey commissioned by Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Peter Jones claimed that women who display too much cleavage at work could end up
sabotaging their careers.
The survey of 3,000 managers found that almost half of bosses had overlooked a woman for promotion if she had regularly worn low-cut tops to attract
Sexist - or just common sense? Here, four writers argue whether it’s ever acceptable to parade plunging necklines
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Personally, here is how I feel. Being asked to cover up my cleavage, when the office does not require uniforms, is oppressive, and a conspiracy
against women. Women have breasts. Some women, like me, have rather large breasts. I love my breasts, they are a part of me I refuse to hide them.
Many of my shirts are V cut, because I enjoy showcasing my best assetts, and I would hope that my work would be what people judge, not my breasts.
So, in your experience, as employees, employers, coworkers, men and women, what do you think? Should women be allowed to show cleavage in the
workplace? Is asking a female to not show cleavage oppressive, or sexist?
I find it disgusting that some bosses overlook some females just because they show cleavage. I think that reflects the perversion of thought in the
boss's own mind, personally.
People need to get over cleavage already! ALL women have breasts, (well, most do), and it should be MY choice how I want to dress or display my
Men must be very frightnened of the power of the breast if they are passing cleavage minded woemn over for promotions, simply due to cleavage baring!!
The Female Breast In History
During the rise of motion pictures, women tended to get parts that fit the stereotypes associated with their body types. Women with larger chests were
viewed as sexual beings: lower class women who used their big busts to attract a mate, such as Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire. Movie
stars such as Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, and Sophia Loren fit this category. Small-chested movie stars were a minority that included Katharine Hepburn
and Audrey Hepburn. They were not viewed as sex symbols but as symbols of upper class sophistication, and wit. While Marilyn Monroe was type cast as a
golddigger and a bimbo, Katharine Hepburn played such characters as a missionary and a political activist. The breasts are viewed as symbols of
sexuality, and the modern stereotype of what is sexy is not consistent with the stereotype of what is considered intelligence.
The more bosom, the less brain. That's the law of nature; that is why the poor miserable females are the way they are.
The author, Isabel Allende, of course is not asserting the last sentence to be truth, she is using irony to show the prevailing notions. The fact is,
these are still the prevailing notions, and women who show off their breasts at work are going to be judged similarly. If you're a stripper, a
prostitute or a Hooters waitress, fine, breast displays are appropriate. However if you want to be respected at work in most jobs, it's both sensible
and polite to dress in a way which is not drawing attention to your breasts.
When my daughter, who is quite nice looking, got a promotion which meant she would be interacting face to face with representatives of global firms, I
got her a very feminine, modest, fine woollen suit to wear when giving presentations. Since she started wearing suits like that she has found clients
treating her with more respect, and asking that she be present for higher level meetings. As her boss is aware of that, he's now giving her even more
challenging responsibilities. However her immediate superior, a woman who flirts, shows off her chest and evades any serious work, is still boasting
about how well her low necklines are working to make the bosses favour her, but is puzzled why she missed out on the last round of promotions.
If you want a promotion, it's wise to understand what type of attire the boss would expect someone in that higher position to wear, and dress as if
you already have that position.
If you want a job representing your business to the outside world, you need to get yourself an image your company will be proud of, not one that
merely caters to your own ego.
Considering the effect that healthy, attractive, exposed breasts have on the average straight male, one could make a case for insistant over-exposure
of breasts at work constituting sexual harrassment.
Even as a bearer of such breasts, I certainly don't want them pushed in my face while I'm working.
edit on 17/12/10 by Kailassa because: to add link