Babe, Broad, Dame, Doll, Gal, Squaw, and Finally, Lady…

Members of Parliament debated a ban on mandatory workplace high heels, in response to a petition started by a receptionist who was sent home without pay for wearing flat shoes. The debate was non-binding, but the government promised to act against heel-height rules, makeup guidelines and other corporate codes that apply to women but not to men. Source, BT Toronto…


I confess that I never gave much thought to what women wore in the workplace until stories like the above started breaking out all over the place, I wager few women did either, thinking that is just the way things are for women, after all there are enforced dress codes everywhere, either strictly or passively imposed. A suit and tie are required dress of men who appear on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, and except for casual Fridays’ a certain propriety of dress is expected of all during the rest of the work week in most places of employment, no jeans or flip flops. But when it comes to women, it seems to be more sexist then proper, after all short men have been wearing heels in the work place for years without any official comment from anyone. Attractive women have always been conveniently or connivingly placed at the reception desk for years, while the other less so can be found laboring in the back offices out of sight. In broadcast news, the female anchors that are, the field reporters that are, fill in the space. Let’s face it, we live in a sexist societal world, but only a few women are fighting back either publicly or secretly. More females are encouraged to dye their hair to look younger than males though males are fast getting into the fad too. At government to government meetings the men can be heard discussing weighty issues of the day while the women are passing tea and cookies while conversing in the raising of children, nannies and schools. I watch a lot of entertainment talk shows on television that always feature a good-looking actress plugging a movie or play, it’s the walk-on that always catches my eye, the high heels, almost never flats, unless the guest is Rachel Maddow, who more than likely will be wearing tennis shoes, it’s how they appear walking as they take to the couch as if they wear heels all the time in their private lives, believe me they don’t, comfort is not built into high heels, sexism is…

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