For your amusement, and no other reason, I offer this small polemic essay, which I was required earlier in the quarter to write. I enjoyed it, and hoped you might too! Find this post and others on modesty at The Modesty Blog Carnival at Is This Modest. 🙂
Pardon Me, Your Underwear is Showing
Forgive me for pointing out the obvious, but shouldn’t anyone who can hold a job also be able to tell the difference between a skirt and a slip? A blouse and a bra? Trousers and tights? How is it that women today attain professional status without being able to distinguish between workwear and underwear? Like the proverbial emperor, they have been hoodwinked by enterprising clothiers; nevertheless, their colleagues see their nakedness.
That women enjoy men’s ignorance is demonstrated by their indifference. If a male co-worker declared her “cami” not a shirt, today’s professional woman might respond condescendingly that it is the style these days. Or perhaps she’d just smile, pat him on the head, and ignore the comment altogether.
Seemingly some basics of interpersonal communication are being overlooked in many offices. Clothing conveys a message. Many men, and not a few women, do not speak What Not to Wear. Professional women wearing underwear as business clothing run the very real risk of being misunderstood.
Guys, why not just be honest? Walk right up to that colleague and say, “Excuse me, did you know you forgot your shirt?”
Ladies, at least have the decency to be embarrassed when you realize you’re not wearing any clothes.