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Newscaster Claps Back At Viewer Who Told Her To Dress 'Like A Normal Woman'

Amy Pilkington 12 Sep 2019

Having opinions and personal preferences about clothing, hair, and general style choices is totally normal. You're allowed to have those opinions.

Things become tricky when people decide that not only is their opinion the "right one", but that it's perfectly acceptable for them to just inform the subject of said opinion, whether they know the person or not.

Besides simply being rude, these comments often target women or people of color more often than other populations.

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Such complaints often try to say that it's about the person not "looking professional" and yet it's relatively rare to hear this argument made when a male newscaster has worn the same suit five days in a row.

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Most often, it's complaints about things like a female newscaster's clothing choices or an African-American anchor with their natural hair on display.

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For example, Mississippi news anchor Brittany Noble Jones lost her job after several complaints from her supervisor saying that her natural hair was akin to him wearing a baseball cap in terms of being unprofessional.

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The latest incident involves KGW anchor Maggie Vespa, who received an unsolicited message from a male viewer.

The viewer, Jeffrey, felt that Vespa needed to know how little he liked her choice of clothing. In particular, he disliked her preference for high-waisted pants.

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And it wasn't about how professional her clothing was or wasn't, either.

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The "you're way too pretty to look so foolish" part makes it very clear that his focus is on her being attractive to him and not on the quality of her newscasting.

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Even worse, he felt the need to message her again the very next day.

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He says, "Try dressing like a normal woman," and seems to think that she should go out and buy an entirely new wardrobe just for his pleasure.

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I don't know what rock he's been under, but high-waisted pants are on trend right now.

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As a curvier woman, I hate the trend because it makes my bottom half look even rounder and the button digs into my gut when I'm sitting down, but that's personal preference.

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Just like Maggie can wear whatever pants she wants to.

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And she did just that. For an entire week, she made a point of pairing the same top and blazer with a different pair of high-waisted pants each day. Even her colleagues got in on it.

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She also took a minute during the live broadcast to call out Jeffrey and talk in general about the ridiculous expectations: "This is dumb."

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She said that it's a good example of how women are "supposed" to adhere to double-standards just to be taken seriously.

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From their looks to their attitude, women are expected to act certain ways.

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"If we don't, it's somehow seen as a sign that we're less credible or less capable and, by and large, guys don't have to deal with this. As my awesome male coworkers can and have attested to."

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Her most important message was to women everywhere.

"Our goal here is to send a message, to women, to girls, to everyone: Dress how you want, look how you want, and if anybody tries to make you feel less than because of that, that's their problem, not yours."

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Her statement prompted many other female newscasters to rock their own high-wasted pants.

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What makes this particular "scandal" funnier is that complaints about women's clothing are usually centered around them being too sexy or revealing.

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As for Vespa, she finds the idea that her pants have gone viral really funny.

It's so great to see people rising up against the sexism of Jeffrey's messages and have fun doing it too.

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