WHEN IT COMES TO THE BRA­LESS, MEN HAVE A BLIND SPOT

StarMetro Edmonton - - BIG OPINIONS - Emma Tei­tel

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/TWIT­TER PHOTO

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.”

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