Dress Codes

Dress codes – We’re All Born Naked and the Rest is Drag

November 12, 2020 1:41 pm Published by

Dress codes – We’re all born naked and the rest is drag. We still see a man in heels at work as a radical act. But a woman in trousers is perfectly normal. Why do people still care about clothing and gender norms?

Well, workplaces do. A lot. But when companies get too involved in people’s wardrobe choices, they can get into trouble.

In 2016, PricewaterhouseCoopers sent temporary receptionist Nicola Thorp home unpaid for refusing to wear heels. Nicola started an online petition that made it to Parliament, which concluded the current equalities act was sufficient. But she had a valid point – heels can hurt! Should a company have the right to inflict pain for appearance’s sake?

The law protects employees from discrimination when choosing clothes that reflect their chosen gender identity. But if a company has strict ‘feminine’ and ‘masculine’ clothing rules, there’s little room to wear what’s right for you. Should a fabulous gay man’s wardrobe only appear on a catwalk or in creative workplaces?

Dress codes force people to conform to someone else’s idea of what’s acceptable. But if it doesn’t affect their ability to do their job, who cares? Let’s embrace a world where you can be your fabulous self even at work.

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Related: BBC Pride Guidelines

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