Whilst I applaud your choice to assimilate gracefully into the status quo, and eschew those of us with the audacity to have curly (sorry, messy) hair, I would like to point out that your arguments are firmly rooted in the reasoning of ‘it is what it is’, but my argument is focused on questioning the rules that are already in play.
You agree with the sentiment that when it comes to professional image, it is obviously important to you that workers must fit in with the standard mould, but still, my point is why does it matter?
I’m glad that in your career, you did not meet the hurdles and criticism that I did, probably because you know how to play the game and blend in with the suited crowd. I did not. Was my work subpar? No. How I fulfilled my role was never in dispute, but my image was. Although you’ve never witnessed such discrimination in the workplace personally, I can assure you, just because you haven’t seen it, doesn’t mean that it does not exist. And whilst people continue to put down such issues as ‘phantom feminazi phenomena’, the issues will never be resolved.
At no point in my article did I say that men were solely responsible for this system; a patriarchal ideology is more often than not enforced by women. I suggest you read Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy for a greater insight into this phenomenon.
As a final note, after reading reader feedback from this article, it saddens me that out of all the positive feedback, the two responses that miss the point both come from an older generation who work in the banking industry. It only goes to show that these ridiculous notions are continually being enforced within banking without question. I hope more people do question these standards. Because equality is not ‘for everyone except those who look different’. It is for all.
Yes, because total sex segregation of sports commentary is the answer. Oh, wait. Maybe you just need to deal with your weird aversion to hearing and seeing women talk instead?
What’s a ‘Blokie’ type sport?! Of course, you’ve probably been casting your eyes to the ground at the sight of women all this time, so you don’t realise, but actually women and men generally play the same type of sports.