An Australian tv anchor makes a point about sexism in society by wearing the same outfit for nearly a year:
Angered by the sexism he saw being heaped upon his female colleagues – and attempts to downplay it – Karl Stefanovic decided to conduct an experiment.
He wore the same blue suit on air, two days in a row. Then three. A month ticked by without a ripple.
Now, a full year has passed – and he is still wearing the same cheap Burberry knock-off, every morning, on Channel Nine’sToday program.
Not a single audience member has asked about it, he says. Fashion commentators and other media also seem oblivious.
Yet co-host Lisa Wilkinson still receives regular and unsolicited fashion appraisals, as she revealed in her well-received Andrew Olle lecture last year. (“Who the heck is Lisa’s stylist?” one emailer demanded to know. “Today’s outfit is particularly jarring and awful. Get some style.”) These same viewers, however, have failed to observe – or simply don’t care – that the man beside her happily slips on the same outfit, day after day.
“No one has noticed; no one gives a shit,” Stefanovic tells Fairfax Media. “But women, they wear the wrong colour and they get pulled up. They say the wrong thing and there’s thousands of tweets written about them.
“Women are judged much more harshly and keenly for what they do, what they say and what they wear.”
No one cares about the appearance of men on television because society doesn’t determine the worth of men by their looks. Women though? People are socialized to judge women on their clothes, hair, and make-up–the way they look. Shit that’s completely unrelated to their ability to do their jobs. It’s nice to see another man standing up and criticizing sexism. More men need to do so.