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Kim Campbell calls sleeveless dresses 'demeaning' for TV broadcasters

Kim Campbell calls sleeveless dresses 'demeaning' for TV broadcasters
From CBC - February 13, 2018

Kim Campbell is admonishing female news anchors who wear sleeveless dresses on the air, calling the bare-armed attire "demeaning."

The former prime minister tweeted her displeasure, saying "bare arms undermine credibility and gravitas."

I am struck by how many women on television news wear sleeveless dresses- often when sitting with suited men. I have always felt it was demeaning to the women and this suggests that I am right. Bare arms undermine credibility and gravitas! https://t.co/plBRrrtqKV

@AKimCampbell

She faced swift criticism online, with one tweeter pointing out that former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama frequently wore sleeveless dresses.

Campbell replied that she was referringspecifically to female broadcasters.

She cited as support an essay by U.S. speaking coach Nick Morgan, who asserts in a blog post that "if you show up in front of us with skin exposed, we are going to think about your body."

He also takes issue with men who wear an "expensive, cool-looking casual T-shirt" for an important speech.

"I am struck by how many women on television news wear sleeveless dressesoften when sitting with suited men,"Campbell tweeted on her verified account Tuesday morning.

"I have always felt it was demeaning to the women and (Morgan's blog post) suggests that I am right. Bare arms undermine credibility and gravitas!"

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel had her own take on Campbell's tweet.

@MichelleRempel

@MichelleRempel

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