I listened to a spring podcast of Stuff Mom Never Told You entitled Boob Politics: The Cleavage Factor.
Part of the discussion related to displaying cleavage at work:
- small breasted women can “get away” with lower cut tops than large breasted women can
- what amount of cleavage is appropriate?
- what can women with large breasts wear because there’s no way to hide those titillating bosoms, even when wearing a turtleneck. Just ask the men at Citibank who said the dress code for Debrahlee Lorenzana included not wearing turtlenecks.
- Men are easily distracted by breasts and cleavage.
Enough already about the distraction problems men & their libido have at work with women’s bodies. What about the problems women & their libido have at work with male bodies? Having a sex drive or feeling a sexual attraction to a member of the opposite sex is not limited to men. Women also have a sex drive. We too can enjoy eye candy, but I haven’t seen anything written about that.
Men also flirt and can dress in provocative ways. So far women have kept quiet about those distractions at work for fear of being labeled sluts. Well, no more. I’m speaking up for the sisterhood of working women with libidos.
1. History shows that men loosened the dress code standards for themselves as the number of women in the business world increased. It was an ingenious and subtle way for the male of the species to better strut his stuff for the female of the species. No longer did he want to cover up his body with an undershirt, long-sleeved shirt, suit jacket, tie and pants.
2. Many men wear short-sleeved shirts knowing that naked male arms are arousing. It’s difficult for women not to stare at them especially when the arms are large.
3. The men who choose to pump iron to enlarge their biceps (Note: This could be seen as similar to women who choose to get breast implants, I mean really guys you’re asking to be looked at) end up stretching the material of their shirts, highlighting the contours of the flesh underneath.
4. Since naked male arms and bulging biceps make it hard for female co-workers to concentrate on their work shouldn’t women be blaming men for the distraction problem? I want to hear this discussed on a radio show.
5. Then there’s the no-longer-wearing-undershirts-issue. Women across the land have to deal with this every day. Common thoughts are: ”Be still my heart - I can see his nipples!” and ”Forgive me father for I have sinned by lusting in my heart. But, when the sun comes through the window and my assistant turns at a certain angle, I can see the full outline of his well-developed breast and nipple. He’s dressing like a sexy male action hero.”
How are women expected to work in these conditions? Too many of them end up having to run into the bathroom to…well it’s better left unsaid. (And all this time you guys were thinking women went to the bathroom frequently because of small bladders).
How can women help but think “Oh god. He touched himself, he wants me. I’m so distracted I can’t participate in the meeting.” This is one of the real reasons women don’t speak up in meetings. They’re distracted by men adjusting their penises (or is the plural peni?). Think about it, if a woman adjusted the position of her breasts when sitting down or just standing around, men would be wild and have women fired or shuttled off to another room.
There I’ve said it. It’s a double standard that needs to end.
What’s your position on this issue? (pun intended)