WHEN IT COMES TO THE BRALESS, MEN HAVE A BLIND SPOT
What happens when a woman doesn’t wear a bra to work? If, like me, she often earns a living from home, the answer is nothing, because no one is expecting her to wear a bra, nor anything at all.
But if, as Christina Schell is, she is a server at a golf club, going braless isn’t merely a style preference; it’s potentially grounds for termination.
Schell, 25, a former employee of the Osoyoos Golf Club in British Columbia, told the CBC this week that she was fired from her serving job because she refused to wear a bra under her staff uniform. Not only was she fired; she claims a male manager insisted she wear the undergarment (or a tank top), because “I know what happens with alcohol and golf courses.”
Translation: Men get tipsy on the course and ogle female servers and if one of those servers isn’t wearing a bra — i.e. if her nipples are standing at attention — she may be subject to a more thorough ogling — or worse.
The truth, if he did, in fact,
say this, is that this manager is probably right.
Men, as we have observed recently and from the beginning of time, have a tendency to be exceptionally gross.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Schell’s going braless provoked the grossest among them to leer at and harass her. But, if this is the case, that’s not Schell’s problem. It’s their problem. And it’s her employer’s problem.
Schell has filed a human rights complaint, claiming such an enforced dress code, or, more accurately, an underdress code, is discriminatory. And she’s right.
Why should she be forced to wear a bra, when, she says, going braless is infinitely more comfortable? Doing so harms no one. It’s not even immodest.
She didn’t cut her work polo into a belly top; she simply chose not to wear a confining garment underneath her clothes, one which no one can see.
Does not wearing this garment make it obvious that she has breasts and that on those breasts exist nipples? Yes. But again, if this makes you uncomfortable or excited, that’s your problem, not hers.
Control yourself, or look up to the heavens!
Nobody should have to forfeit her own bodily comfort because some pervert can’t stop staring at her chest.
CONTROL YOURSELF, OR LOOK UP TO THE HEAVENS!
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Christina Schell claims a male manager insisted she wear the undergarment (or a tank top), because “I know what happens with alcohol and golf courses.”