Lets talk dress codes at the office

Lets talk dress codes at the office

Let me start this post by saying that looking for content inspiration for this topic nearly gave me a headache. It didn’t matter if I typed “why women dress codes at the office are sexist”, I’d still get between the results some really wonderful reads like an article titled “what women can wear to their workplace” *pukes*.

Well hello my fellow people from the internet! We’re in the 21st century and we’re still having these conversations around work-place dress codes — specifically women dress codes, because it obviously doesn’t matter that my male coworker is wearing skinny jeans tight enough I can get full HD view of his anatomy.

Given that yesterday, the 8th of March, was the International Women’s Day, I wanted to address the topic that my coworkers and I always talk about during our lunch break table at work (and god I wish we’d make it just a 1 day a week conversation; it’s so draining!).

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In the last 3 years I’ve been working at your typical cubicle office. The building must have a total of 1,000 people in it, and it’s a greta mix of men and women. Men, on one side, dress pretty much the same, if we don’t count the few French we have (you guys are so effing trendy!): dress shirt, dress pants, dress shoes, and that’s it. On Fridays, they wear a polo and a simple basic denim pant and that’s it.

Women, on the other side… are a little bit more complex than that. Because, you know, besides the fact that we have a lot more outfit choice on our end, we have to consider something more than just covering our bodies because, as a society, we can’t go to work naked: we have to conceal and sometimes even hide our anatomy. Because how dare you have a big butt/big boobs?! OMG. How dare you show that you have hips and a pair of legs? What are you thinking of?

What are you saying? Oooh, it’s summer and you want to wear a dress. Well, no, you can’t. Because your knees are going to distract your male coworkers from doing their job! Of course we never address how incompetent of a worker you are if a pair of legs really do distract you from the job the company has hired you to do and is paying you. But no, it’s more important to tell women to go back home and change into some pants — OH WAIT! I must clarify that said pants have to be loose and not hug your women curves because, otherwise, you will have to go back home to change, sweetheart.

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Please do tell me you’re seeing the silly in these last two paragraphs. How can we still say that dress codes ARE efficient in the workplace? Are clothes still more important than a person’s ability to, I don’t know… DO THE JOB? And if you’re thinking “well, if we all had a uniform then it wouldn’t be a problem anymore”, you’re on the wrong babe, because the uniform doesn’t matter as long as it doesn’t enhance your female body that, oh my god, has curves.

In another way to put it, it is not the way someone dresses that is distracting at the office, but the fact that we’ve been trained to judge each other’s choice of outfit sharply (women) and see our fellow coworker as a sexuallized object instead of an actual human being (men).

Instead of trying to fix these mental models, we put a band-aid on the situation by installing uniforms or extremely tight dress codes. Can you explain to me how productive is it that your employee is losing +2 hours going back and forth to their place to change their clothes? Isn’t it more productive if… I know know, got to work at 9 and start working at…. 9 instead of 11?

Whenever I’ve picked up this subject either at work or other common places, many have told me “well, those are the rules, and if you don’t like them you can just quit the job and find some place else that doesn’t have a dress code policy” (here I’m introducing Ignorant N°3, in case you didn’t notice). And I always answer: but who made those rules? Are we really going to be okay with oppression? The fact that we don’t consider it like it’s a big deal means we are still a pretty archaic society. We have naturalized this behavior that does nothing but marginalize minorit– oh wait, it’s not minorities anymore, it’s most females in the world!

And, mind you, this is not only a matter of male and female… have we ever considered people who identify as queer? Have we forgotten about boys trying to wear skirts to school who were grounded because of it? It is not only a matter of how long or short a skirt is, or if your tank top is too tight… we are literally shunning people from expressing their identity.

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So yeah, I’m not buying your reasons why work place dress-codes are useful anymore. People have told me that they create equality, professionalism and unity, and all I think it does is the opposite: people don’t want to be equal in the way they dress, because our tastes are different and the clothes that make us feel good are different. We should strive for equality in respect for other people’s choice of dress and opinion, equal opportunities for growing your career inside of your corporation, and I could go on infinitely.

Also, professionalism? “Omg, he must be telling me the real thing, he’s wearing a tie, that’s why!” Does someone ever go like this? (If you do, please e-mail me, I can help you get better).



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I know I haven’t made enough justice to the topic today. There’s a lot more to talk about dress codes and not just at our work places.

Hopefully, we will all continue to muster up this kind of content every month of the year and not just for the sake of the International Women’s Day.



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What I’m wearing

Hat is old
Top is old
Choker is from Todo Moda
Denim shorts are from American Eagle
Sneakers are from TEX Argentina (this season!)
Shoe laces are from Todo Moda

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En español:

Dejenme arrancar este posteo contándoles que me fue casi imposible encontrar contenido para inspirarme acerca de este tema. No importaba si yo tipeaba “por qué los códigos de vestimenta para las mujeres son sexistas”, de todos me salían resultados del tipo “qué pueden ponerse las mujeres para trabajar y qué no” *hace arcadas*.

¡Hola mis queridos amigos de la Internet! Estamos en pleno siglo XXI y aún tenemos este tipo de conversaciones acerca de los códigos de vestimenta — especialmente de las mujeres, porque obviamente a nadie le importa que mi compañero varón se haya puesto unos pantalones tan ajustados que me dan una vista HD de su anatomía.

Dado que el 8 de Marzo fue el Día Internacional de la Mujer, quería tocar el tema que mis compañeras de trabajo y yo siempre discutimos durante nuestra hora de almuerzo (y cómo agradecería que fuesen conversaciones de 1 vez a la semana, ¡me sacan toda la energía esas charlas!).

He estado trabajando en la típica oficina hace ya 3 años. El edificio debe tener alrededor de 1,000 personas trabajando dentro, un buen mix de hombres y mujeres. Los hombres, por un lado, se visten todos más o menos igual, sin contar a los franceses que andan por ahí (chicos, tienen terrible estilo, ¡los amo!): camisa blanca, pantalón de vestir, zapatos de vestir, y ya, eso es todo. Los viernes, pueden usar una chomba y un jean básico.

Las mujeres en cambio… son un poco más complejas que eso. Porque, aparte del hecho de que tenemos más opciones a la hora de vestirnos, tenemos que considerar algo más que simplmente subrir nuestros cuerpos porque no podemos andar por la vida como nos trajeron al mundo: tenemos que cubrir y a veces hasta esconder nuestra anatomía femenina. Porque ¡¿cómo se te va a ocurrir tener pechos o culo grandes?! OMG. ¿Cómo te atrevés a mostrar que tenes caderas y un par de piernas? ¿Qué estás pensando?

¿Qué decís? Aaah, que es verano y querés usar un vestido. Bueno no, no podés. Porque tus rodillas van a distraer a tus compañeros varones de hacer su trabajo. Aunque por supuesto podríamos juzgar de incompetente a aquel trabajador que se distrae por un par de piernas y no hace el trabajo que le están pagando por hacer. Pero no, es mucho más importante decirle a las mujeres que vayan a casa a cambiarse por unos pantalones — ¡AH PERO ESPEREN! Aclaro para que no queden dudas: dichos pantalones no pueden ser ajustados y mostrar tus curvas… porque si no vas a tener que volver a cambiarte, corazón.

Por favor díganme que ven lo ridículos que son los últimos dos párrafos… ¿Cómo podemos seguir sosteniendo que los códigos de vestimenta SON eficientes para el trabajo? La indumentaria es aún más importante que la habilidad de una persona para… no se, ¿HACER UN TRABAJO? Y si están pensando “bueno, si tuvieramos uniforme ya no sería un problema”, estás equivocadx, porque el unforme sería un problema si se digna a mostrar que tenemos atributos femeninos, y todas sabemos lo difícil que es a veces esconder unos pechos y culo grandes.

Para ponerlo de otro modo: lo que distrae en un trabajo no es la forma de vestirse de una persona. Es el hecho de que perdemos tiempo juzgando las decisiones de look del día (las mujeres) y vemos a nuestros compañeras como objetos sexuales en vez de seres humanos (los hombres).

En vez de tratar de modificar estos modelos mentales, le ponemos una curita a la situación forzando a la gente a usar estrictos uniformes y códigos de vestimenta. ¿Me pueden decir qué tan productivo puede ser que un trabajador tenga que ir a su casa y cambiarse, perdiendo 2 horas de trabajo? Me parece más productivo que arranque a trabajar a las 9 en vez de a las 11.

Muchas veces en mi trabajo me han dicho “bueno, esas son las reglas, si no te gustan podés irte y encontrar otro lugar que no tenga códigos de vestimenta” (acá les presento al Ignorante N°3, por si no se dieron cuenta). A lo quesiempre respondo: ¿y quién hizo esas reglas? ¿Estamos realmente ok con esta opresión? El hecho de que no consideremos este tema como relevante indica que todavía somos una sociedad bastante arcaica. Hemos naturalizado estos comportamientos que no hacen más que marginalizar a las minorí– ah esperen, ya no son lasm inorías, ¡si no todas las mujeres del mundo!

Y también consideremos que no solo es una cuestión de femenino y masculino… ¿alguna vez consideraron a aquellos que se identifican como queer? ¿Ya nos olvidamos de varones que quieren usar faldas en el colegio y fueron envíados de nuevo a casa y castigados por hacerlo? No se trata solamente de lo corta o larga la falda es, o si tu top es muy ajustado o no… estamos LITERALMENTE evitando que los individuos expresen su identidad.

Asi que no, no pienso que los códigos de vestimenta sigan siendo útiles. Me han dicho que generan igualdad, unión y profesionalismo, y yo lo que pienso es que generan todo lo contrario: nadie quiere ser igual que el que tiene al lado, porque nuestros gustos son diferentes y lo que nos hace sentir bien es diferente para cada uno. Deberíamos enfocarnos en la igualdad con respecto a las decisiones de vestimenta y opinión, igualdad de oportunidades de crecimiento en una empresa, y podría seguir dando ejemplos infinitamente.

Ah, ¿y qué es eso de profesionalismo? “Omg, debe estar diciéndome la verdad porque usa corbata!”. ¿Es joda? ¿Alguien realmente piensa esto? (Si tu respuesta es “sí”, por favor enviame un mail que te consigo ayuda).

Se que no le hice suficiente justicia al tema en este simple post. Hay mucho más para hablar acerca de los códigos de vestimenta en el trabajo.

Espero que todos sigamos generando contenido como este, más allá de que sea por el Día de la Mujer o no.

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6 Comments

  1. March 22, 2018 / 7:24 am

    Sora, thanks a lot for the post.Really thank you! Much obliged.

  2. March 21, 2018 / 6:57 am

    Thank you so much for the great article, it was fluent and to the point. Cheers.

  3. Sora
    Author
    March 17, 2018 / 11:39 am

    Gracias! 😀

  4. March 16, 2018 / 10:20 pm

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  5. March 13, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    Me chifla este look primaveral, el top es precioso y complementos… no puede ser más ideal.
    Besotes

  6. Blanca
    March 11, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    Me encantan tus complementos 🙂

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