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But seriously...

So, I have a question for my female friends and female-presenting non-binary friends.
For those of us who present as 'feminine' in the more traditional sense (can be having longer hair, wearing skirts or other 'girly' clothing, being soft-spoken and so forth): do you find people are more ready to question your knowledge than they do that of women who are seen as less 'girly' in presentation? It was noticeable in my last academic jobs that my female colleagues with short hair who dressed in suits tended to be taken more seriously than the rest of us, and were less likely to be asked to undertake extra admin jobs and to do emotional caretaking.
I'd be interested in hearing the experiences of others about this.

Skirt of the day: Blue-tiered the 2nd (as distinct from the beloved, much worn, fragile blue tiered the first.)

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dorispossum
May. 11th, 2016 04:12 pm (UTC)
ps - and if anybody wants to sign the petition to Parliament to outlaw the practice of requiring female employees to wear high heels, the link is here:
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/129823

The time is now.
heleninwales
May. 11th, 2016 06:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link. I was hoping there as a petition somewhere I could sign. I have never in my life worn shoes with heels of 2-4 inches. I was a teen in the mid to late sixties when low, chunky heels were fashionable. Since then I've either been self-employed or teaching in FE colleges, which thankfully have no problem with women wearing flat shoes.
dorispossum
May. 11th, 2016 06:30 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. I'm also lucky enough to teach in college (6th form) that doesn't try to weld this kind of sexist shite into their 'smart casual' dress code.

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