The media has its panties all tangled over an Axios report from Thursday that claims a “source who worked on Trump’s campaign” said Donald Trump told his female employees to “dress like women. Even if you’re in jeans, you need to look neat and orderly.”
The reaction to this was wild. Angry rants in girl magazines were followed by a viral #DressLikeAWoman hashtag by which female Twitter users insisted this was evidence of Trump’s mission to turn them all into housewives. The resistance to Trump’s presumed misogyny was championed by the outpour of photos of women in professional work attire breaking the internet this morning.
Feminists need to calm down over this. Beyond the fact that this allegation remains totally unchecked and the anonymous source never quoted Trump actually telling his female employees what to wear, it just another excuse for Democrats to target him. There is no reason to freak out over a boss telling his employees he wants them to look clean and professional at all times. That’s what all employers want.
Besides, it is quite un-feminist to assume female dress and professional work attire are mutually exclusive. Women can rock our dream jobs as doctors, lawyers, astronauts, judges, politicians, and entrepreneurs, and still maintain our feminine uniqueness. We don’t have to look like men to be proud women. In fact, I’d be ashamed if my boss told me I needed to start dressing like a man because my heels and dresses were unprofessional. I’m sure most women would agree with that sentiment.
Suppose Trump did tell his female employees they need to “dress like women,” how would that change their respect as his staff members? He hired them, so he obviously believes in their competence as employees. And his female colleagues and employees who are willing to go on record have nothing but good things to say about his treatment toward them. Before self-labeled feminists begin acting like Trump said women should all be housewives, they should note that some of the main players in his campaign were women.
And yes, looking more convincingly like your identified gender is a universal sign of beauty and physical competence. That is not sexism; it’s science. Trump allegedly told men he wants them to dress like their gender too. In the same over-hyped Axios article about Trump’s presumed office dress code, a “source who’s worked with Trump” says he told men he’d rather they wear traditional male attire, such as wide ties and solid colors.
“If you’re going to be a public person for him, whether it’s a lawyer or representing him in meetings, then you need to have a certain look,” the source said. “That look —at least for any male — you have to be sharply dressed. Preferably, I would say, solid colors. … You should have a good physical demeanor, good stature, hair well groomed.”
“I’ve always been surprised about how Stephen Miller survives with those thin ties,” the “source” added regarding Trump’s policy advisor.
The reactions to Trump’s presumed dress code for men have been silent. Not a single tweet or news article has defended men’s rights to wear what they want in response to this supposed scandal. In fact, the Axios article focuses much more on what men should wear than what women should wear- but that is taken out of context when covered by self-proclaimed liberal feminists.
If you’re going to call yourself a feminist, be one, and stop politicizing women’s dress codes because you can’t stand the man in the Oval Office.