Same Suit for Sexism Awareness
Karl Stefanovic, host of the Today show in Australia, is not new to being in the spotlight. Not only does he make daily appearances on TV, but he also is known for his crazy antics such as interviewing Grumpy Cat, doing his segment drunk and more (I've included these clips for fun in slides 4 and 5).
But today, I'm glad he's in the news, because he has announced that he has been wearing the same suit for the past year, and not a single viewer has noticed.
“No one has noticed; no one gives a shit,” Stefanovic told the paper. “But women, they wear the wrong colour and they get pulled up. They say the wrong thing and there are thousands of tweets written about them.”
Why does this matter? Because the sexism that viewers are giving women news anchors while watching the news is unfair. Because it's ridiculous that anchorwomen get messages such as:
"Who the heck is Lisa’s stylist? Whoever it is has Lisa in some shocking clothes. Today’s outfit is particularly jarring and awful. Just my two cents worth. Get Some Style."
Why should a female have to deal with more criticism than a male simply because her outfit gets noticed, and his does not? While I don't think that the solution here is easy, I do applaud Karl for bringing this to the attention of viewers (the station tweeted out info, and he made some interviews about it as well).
Why are women allowed to be criticized for fashion, and men, in this case, are not? Is this a by-product of men's fashion styles (in the case of suits) simply being less easily distinguished? Or is it something more?
I'd love to hear your opinions about this, because I think it's about time we stop forcing unequal restrictions about clothing.