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Dogs Dinner

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by happygreenfrog, May 5, 2012.

  1. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    My fellow male teaching staff are asked to dress in shirts, trousers and optional ties to give that professional appearance to our fee paying parents. How come there is always a couple of female staff members who look like the proverbial, with never a word uttered from management, when it is perfectly possible to be equally well turned out.
    Sexism at its best.
     
  2. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    My fellow male teaching staff are asked to dress in shirts, trousers and optional ties to give that professional appearance to our fee paying parents. How come there is always a couple of female staff members who look like the proverbial, with never a word uttered from management, when it is perfectly possible to be equally well turned out.
    Sexism at its best.
     
  3. This has always been a bone of contention at every school I've taught at [9] and now I'm in Oz it's the same here too.
    A male colleague here wanted the right to wear flip flops and was told it was unprofessional. A 26 yr old female colleague wore hipster style trousers and had a bare waist showing. They were both told to change their style of clothes and both complained loudly about it to anyone prepared to listen.
    If teachers want to be treated as professionals by all stakeholders in education, then I personally believe they shouldn't dress like its the weekend at home.
     
  4. I've never had this problem.
    Going to work - nice pair fof trousers and a shirt.
    Going shopping - nice pair fof trousers and a shirt.
    Going to a fancy restaurant - nice pair fof trousers and a shirt (tucked in).
    Going to the local dive bar - nice pair fof trousers and a shirt.
    Going to the beach - nice pair fof trousers and a shirt.
    Hanging out at home on Sunday morning watching TV - nice pair fof trousers and a shirt.
    Vestimentary imagination. Who needs it?
     
  5. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Established commenter

    Wot, no yachting cap? As a fellow vestimentary minimalist this all sounds good to me. Where can I buy these all-purpose 'fof' trousers. M&S, perhaps?
    Returning to the OP, I wonder if the problem sometimes arises from the inability of male-dominated SMTs to decide what IS appropriate female attire. As haddok so wisely observes we have no problems with the shirt and tie but we can be confused by some of the more exotic stuff favoured by the other gender. One of my young Maths teachers who was truly stunning in her swimming kit went in for floaty, all-enveloping, greenery-yallery garb in the classroom. Many colleagues merited entries in my private limerick book and this is hers.
    See her charms Sarah's clothes do not let us,
    So her form hot and bothered don't get us,
    For each drooping drape
    Camouflages her shape
    Like the limp outer leaves of a lettus.
     
  6. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    Been made pretty clear wherever I've been: no jeans nor t-shirts nor open 'flip flop style' shoes yet . . . almost daily this is what you find female teachers wearing. I'd be pulled up for wearing similar and have been for wearing patterned shirts. Its like a hippy community in some staff rooms.
    It's just bizarre!
     
  7. No, no caps of any kind. I am follically challenged (also known as bald as a coot), and there are few more distressing sights for me than a man trying to hide his lack of precious locks by wearing a hat (or, God forbid, a baseball cap). I forsworn headgears of any kind of the day I took a razor to my head. Plus, having lived in countries with no winter for the past few years, suncream is the only thing I require for my shiny dome. Saying that, if I had the fortune like yourself of having kept my dearly treasured hair intact and if I lived in cooler countries, then I would most certainly rock a pork pie hat. You can't go wrong with a pork pie hat. Ask Thelonious Monk.
    On trousers, M&S can do the trick, but I have longed favoured trousers found in SE Asian markets. Much cheaper and the quality is the same. Black trousers are of course the best, since they allow one to go from a funeral to the Marina Bay Sands Casino without having to change.

     
  8. arewethereyet

    arewethereyet New commenter

    Ah yes, the old clothing issue. This has always boggled me too, why should men wear a shirt and tie? I found this particularly daft in Early Years. Clothing should be appropriate for the job. When you spend your days in an Early Years unit, office type wear just isn't appropriate. Luckily as a woman, I've been able to get away with wearing comfortable and practical clothing, I've always felt sorry for the guys in their shirts and ties.
     
  9. IAMBOG

    IAMBOG New commenter

    I go to school in shorts and Fred-Perry style shirts most days. I don't wear sandals, but some do. This is what I would wear on the west coast of Canada and it's what I wear here.
    Thursday is jeans day.
    So far, it has not affected my ability to teach :)
     
  10. lovely.lady

    lovely.lady Occasional commenter

    This reminds me of a quote that my youngest used at the age of 4 towards his equally follically challenged head "Mr Parker you have invisible hair!"
     

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