- — Rachel Moss (@menysnoweballes)Tue, Jul 29 2014 19:17:32Although academia generally has a more relaxed dress code than many industries, it still contains many coded expectations of attire.
- — Rachel Moss (@menysnoweballes)Tue, Jul 29 2014 19:25:22So, academic friends: any of you felt judged on your attire, or that you had to dress a certain way, in the academic sphere? Why?
- — Garthine Walker (@GarthineW)Tue, Jul 29 2014 19:31:08@menysnoweballes When I was an UG, a lecturer allegedly thought I oughtn't have a 1st on grounds of what I looked like, including attire
- — Garthine Walker (@GarthineW)Tue, Jul 29 2014 19:33:38@menysnoweballes Also I was advised strongly to remove my nose-stud before attending academic interviews (I ignored them). It was mid-1990s.
- — Hannah (@shewolfmanc)Tue, Jul 29 2014 19:41:30@menysnoweballes Oh my, all the time. I've been told several times I don't dress 'seriously enough'. Jewellery is also an issue.
- — Rachel Moss (@menysnoweballes)Tue, Jul 29 2014 19:45:23.@shewolfmanc For an industry supposedly about how we think, there's a lot of preoccupation with appearance (esp for women).
- — Katy Soar (@KJSoar)Tue, Jul 29 2014 19:45:46@menysnoweballes Not judged per se, but I have been mistaken for an UG more times than I can count, which is in part based on attire
- — Rebecca Slitt (@beckysgames)Tue, Jul 29 2014 20:02:23
- — Rachel Moss (@menysnoweballes)Tue, Jul 29 2014 19:46:17& a lot of this comes down to the supposed "neutral". The "standard" in our industry (& many others) is white, male, middle aged, straight.
- — will brooker (@willbrooker)Tue, Jul 29 2014 19:46:33@menysnoweballes I was told to dress more masculine in the early 90s. And another place, told to wear chinos not jeans
- — Kate Wiles (@katemond)Tue, Jul 29 2014 19:54:23@menysnoweballes Always. Never overt, but if I'm dressed up/wearing costume jewellery I get the sense I'm not being taken seriously.
- — Rachel Moss (@menysnoweballes)Tue, Jul 29 2014 19:55:00tbh as a white middle class girl I'm very privileged & I don't want this to be "waah my fellow lecturers don't appreciate my petticoats".
- — Rachel Moss (@menysnoweballes)Tue, Jul 29 2014 19:55:51People may respond to that in ways that point to systemic sexism but I personally am not badly affected. Some of you are. I want to hear.
- — Louise Carter (@lpc1793)Tue, Jul 29 2014 19:58:49@menysnoweballes students oft say "you don't look like typical historian" - always meaning male, old, tweedy. Encourages me to rebel more!
- — Lucy Allen (@LucyAllenFWR)Tue, Jul 29 2014 19:59:43@menysnoweballes Yep, me too. People seem more willing to believe I study ME romance/gender, than that I do manuscripts, when I'm in a dress
- — Catherine Fletcher (@cath_fletcher)Tue, Jul 29 2014 20:01:12@menysnoweballes Negotiating this internationally even trickier. UK pretty relaxed about dress compared to some systems.
- — Liz Gloyn (@lizgloyn)Tue, Jul 29 2014 20:03:23@menysnoweballes When I started to lecture as PG, it felt important to dress 'right' - not least b/c of authority issues, small age gap.
- — Rachel Moss (@menysnoweballes)Tue, Jul 29 2014 20:05:30.@lizgloyn definitely understand that impulse. I still dress up a bit to lecture as it helps me feel more confident & I think that's fine!
This is how academics dress.
A discussion of what attire is perceived as "appropriate" in the academic sphere.
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