UK surveys say modern men want clothing equality
The results of a rather surprising UK survey revealed an unexpected insight into people’s feelings towards clothing inequality in the workplace today.
The UK survey discovered that over half of men believe it is unfair that women can wear skirts to work, yet it is socially unacceptable for men to do so. Just over half of the men surveyed admitted to be envious of their female colleagues’ wardrobes, and over a quarter of the men who took part in the survey said they would like to wear high heels to work to help make them feel more confident.
The findings may come as a bit of a surprise to some, but the survey highlighted the gender bias that we clearly still harbour in our society.
In many ways old-fashioned wardrobe rules in the workplace, which differ between men and women, are lagging behind when it comes to schools. The Times published a report on UK surveys which discovered over 80 state schools throughout the country had now introduced a ‘gender- neutral’ uniform in order to avoid discrimination. This included allowing girls to wear trousers and boys to wear skirts, if they wished. The rules had been embraced by parents and children as young as five, in order to support equality and diversity for all.
If the schools can do it, then why can’t offices? It wasn’t until February of this year that female cabin crew for BA were finally allowed to wear trousers to work, so it could be a very long time until male cabin crew are allowed to wear skirts and heels if they want to. According to UK surveys, men are not even allowed to bare their knees by wearing city shorts in the majority of offices, let alone anything more daring with a (gasp) higher hemline (which all sounds rather Victorian in this day and age).
Well, if it’s good enough for David Beckham and Kanye West, maybe men should be allowed to wear skirts if they like. Or heels for that matter. And if our previous blog post about women being forced to wear heels at work is anything to go by, many of our panellists might agree. Perhaps it’s time to put all out-dated gender stereotypes behind us and simply focus upon doing a good job.
What do you think? Do you think men should be allowed to wear the same as women at work? Men: would you don a skirt in the office? Does it even matter so long as you look smart? Let us know what you have to say by joining the discussion on our Facebook page, and don’t forget to earn money by sharing your views online in our latest paid UK surveys at Opinion Outpost.