Dressing your role

What a woman wears sends a message. And it creates an impression in a man’s eyes. Feminine, modest dress is a form of protection. A man will react positively but any interest he has will probably not be prurient, should he see something like this:

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Mrsktc has blogged about the reports that the new American president wants women on his staff to present as women.

Most people wear a kind of uniform to do their daily work. A woman who wants to be respected as a woman by men, and treated as a woman, should dress like one. There is – I hope – still a lot of residual affection between the sexes, and men have traditionally treated women appropriately when they are given the right outward signs. Men are visual creatures, and we quickly assess what is in our visual field. Within a second, we will subconsciously register, “nice young woman”,  “respectable matron”, “doctor on her rounds”, “helpful shopgirl” or whatever. And, unfortunately, when it applies, “tart”.

 

 

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on February 6, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    The President got a lot of blowback over this on Saturday. The comments from women were uniform. No man, no matter what his authority, may criticize a woman for anything. They won’t allow him a dress code for women in the White House. I have a problem with this because it amounts to contempt for legitimate authority. This is far beyond keeping the option to dress like a tart.

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  2. The question, I guess, is exactly what President Trump means when he says that. There are certain examples among his friends and relatives which would indicate that he could end up pushing things more towards the “exposing a bit much flesh” end of the spectrum, no?

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  3. Trump has had success in showbiz and politics, obviously. But as someone giving out fashion tips? Seriously? His tastes are garish, gaudy, awful. Here I can’t see him speaking from any position of authority.

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    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on February 7, 2017 at 3:11 am

      I don’t think he is giving out specific fashion tips. I gather he wants his female staff to dress in a traditional, feminine fashion.

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  4. Posted by Maryse Usher on February 7, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Those of us who still try and exercise the faculty of common sense know exactly what Trump means. No explanations necessary.

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