In the wake of a report by Axios describing President Donald Trump’s sartorial expectations for male and female staff — he wants female staff members “to dress like women” — women have begun sharing pictures on social media of themselves at work, alongside the hashtag #DressLikeAWoman, as a means of demonstrating to the president what dressing like a woman really means.
A handy guide on how to #dresslikeawoman:
1. Identify as a woman.
2 Get dressed.
— Maddie (@misformaddie) February 3, 2017
— smoze (@sarahmozal) February 3, 2017
According to news website Axios, the reality-star turned U.S. president has an unusual interest in the self-presentation of his staff. Even male employees reportedly “need to have a certain look.” Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, was allegedly in hot water after failing to impress the boss with his suit selection worn during his first press briefing.
More concerning, however, was the allegation that women working as volunteers in Trump campaign field offices had felt pressured by him to wear dresses. For many women online, the notion of The Donald telling professional women what to wear was a little too much to bear.
— Victoria Chamberlin (@VOBOE) February 3, 2017
— Rebecca Alleyne, MD FACS (@BeckyAlleyneMD) February 3, 2017
— Leilani Münter (@LeilaniMunter) February 3, 2017
Trump’s preference for visual appearance is perhaps no longer much of a surprise, given his tendency to insult women on the basis of their looks, his reputation for sexual harassment, and his past as a reality TV star. But if dressing “like a woman” is really what it takes to impress The Donald, it’s far past time he reevaluated his priorities.
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