I’ve been invited to represent my college tomorrow at the Statehouse in order to thank the state representatives for continued funding of private schools.
I’m a woman.
Now, you may be wondering how those two sentences go together. But they do.
I have been told to wear a suit of some sort. I have a blazer, just like the guys. I have a collared shirt, just like the guys. However, I have another option that the guys do not: pencil skirts.
I don’t care who you are, you gotta love a good-fitting pencil skirt.
Therein lies the dilemma. Do I wear a pencil skirt and know that I look good, that I look like a woman, that the first thing people will assume about me is that I have the body that got me invited but not necessarily the brains to go with it? Or do I wear the pants that aren’t exactly flattering in order to look the part of a woman who has the brains and doesn’t require the looks?
The real issue that bothers me is that if I do look good, I don’t necessarily look smart. And vice versa. That’s the issue, here. The fact is, I can be both smart and pretty and yet I’m still judged by one or the other.
It may be slightly hypocritical of me to say these things because there’s a good chance (like 100% chance) that I judge other people on the exact same thing. So basically this post is just me complaining that I don’t know what to wear tomorrow.
Maybe that’s the real issue here.