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[User Picture]From: gwenix Date: July 24th, 2006 - 07:56 pm (Link)
I work in IT, and have often worked in offices where I was the only female in the department. The more I act like "one of the guys", including how I dress, act, or otherwise indicate, I am far more accepted as "one of the guys", and thus as a member of the team. It does change from office to office, depending on how many women are around (the more women around, the more acceptable it is to be "girly"), but by and large I've been in those situations.

Currently, though, my department has a lot of women in it, so all my lack of fashion is just habitual. This has made a few people in my life sad, so I've been trying to fix that. :)
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 24th, 2006 - 08:08 pm (Link)
I dunno, I think there is a bit of a difference between being "one of the guys" and being "that chick who dress well."

Understand, I'm not saying be all pink lace and flowers. I'm not even specifically trying to single out women (although that's kind of how the discussion went). Even in your case, you're talking about specifically dressing to downplay a certain aspect and evoke a certain reaction. That's different than being unaware of the reaction that certain outfits evoke or wanting that to not be true. That's what I was getting at. Both with men and women.
[User Picture]From: gwenix Date: July 24th, 2006 - 08:11 pm (Link)
Well, given that "one of the guys" in most IT departments means... dressing in T-shirts with various geek stuff on them, and jeans. Take that as you will.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 24th, 2006 - 08:24 pm (Link)
well, the pretentious bastard part of me says "yes, they're wrong too"

but yeah, I get your meaning.

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