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Huffington Post: Australian newscaster Karl Stefanovic wore the same suit every day for a year to draw attention to an all too common form of sexism.
Co-host of the Australian morning news show “Today,” Stefanovic became frustrated with the unsolicited fashion advice and appearance-based criticisms viewers regularly offered his female co-presenter, Lisa Wilkinson. He then decided to conduct an experiment. He wore the same blue suit on air every day for a year, and, as the TV personality revealed to Fairfax Media, absolutely nobody said a thing:
No one has noticed; no one gives a shit. 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.
I’ve worn the same suit on air for a year –- except for a couple of times because of circumstance –- to make a point. I’m judged on my interviews, my appalling sense of humour – on how I do my job, basically. Whereas women are quite often judged on what they’re wearing or how their hair is … that’s [what I wanted to test].
Is there a bigger fraud going right now than this wacky Australian Karl Stefanovic? Dude, what are you trying to prove here? That women on television are judged more by society based on their looks? Welcome to a magical place I call “reality.” Those poor innocent women like your coworker Lisa Wilkinson have their job largely because they are physically attractive. If she was 50 pounds heavier she’d be a setting pins in the bowling alley. This is an indisputable scientific fact. Show me the 250 pound woman who has a job for a major broadcasting network. I’ll be waiting on my magical turtle for you to produce her. So no, I have zero sympathy for gorgeous white women like Lisa Wilkinson who get paid lots of money and have their jobs largely based on physical appearance.
More importantly though, this guy’s beef isn’t with sexism, it’s with the difference between men and women’s clothing. Newsflash – since the beginning of time men’s clothing has been specifically designed for us to be in the background. I don’t care what period of time you’re in. Men always wear the same exact shit as other men. That’s why no one noticed that you wore the same God damn suit to work every single day Karl. This is what a men’s clothing catalogue looked like in 1925:
And here’s what men dressed like in 1952:
You know why men have always dressed the exact same way as other men? Because men are more often than not ugly. Our body’s just weren’t built to be physically attractive. We’re built to be mechanical and create children. That’s it. No one wants to look at us. When’s the last time you went to a wedding and everyone was telling the groom how handsome he looked? How come there’s no television show called, “Don’t veto the tuxedo”, instead of Say Yes to the Dress? Because men don’t care how we look. We don’t judge each other. Women do. That’s who’s judging your coworker KARL. Other women!!
Ladies on the other hand are beautiful magnificent creatures. Plus, dressing differently from other women is exactly what feminism is all about. Here’s what women dressed like BEFORE feminism:
And here’s what they dressed like AFTER feminism
Obviously 1980’s women are much happier and liberated than the repressed 1880’s women. I mean, look at those faces from the poor Gilded Age hags. Those women all have one thing in common – they hate life. They can’t even fake a smile because all they’re thinking about is their impending thankless future of domestic servitude.
Oh yea, and guess what Karl with a K? You’re not special because you wore the same suit to work every day. I literally wore the same pants to work consecutively for five straight years. I washed em about once a fortnight. Because rule #1 about men’s pants is that they don’t get dirty. They really are magical garments. Unless you screw up by spilling your coffee on your tan slacks, they’re pretty much good to go the next day.
And don’t even get me started on jeans. I currently own three pairs of jeans, which is a new Turtleboy record. For years I had one. Let me just say, I hate how carpenter jeans went out of style. Those things were perfectly built for cell phones in the right hand pocket that you’re supposed to use for your phillips head screw driver. Now that everyone’s got a cell phone we switched back to the old skinny jeans. Who’s in charge of these trends?
Anyway, I think I wash my jeans about three times a year. Tops. Because every day when you come home and get undressed you have to throw your shirts and undergarments in the laundry basket because they likely smell like shit on account of swamp ass. But jeans? Jeans never get dirty. You just put those suckers back where you found em and it’s like they’re brand new again.
So there you have it Karl. Turtleboy just debunked your entire social experiment in an 800 word blog.
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