An Australian newscaster wore the same suit every day for a year, because feminism. Despite the fact that people continuously critiqued his female counterpart’s outfit choices, not one person noticed his outfit faux pas.
The host of Australia’s Today, Karl Stefanovic, wore what he described as a “cheap Burberry knock-off” every day for a month. No one noticed, so he just decided to roll with it. He changed his shirt and tie, but wore the suit regularly for the rest of the year. I can only hope he occasionally cleaned it (otherwise I feel sure his co-workers would have noticed the repetition, simply because of the close quarters of the news room).
Karl started wearing the same suit after his co-anchor, Lisa Wilkinson, did a segment where she discussed the criticisms about her clothing. He wanted to prove that women are judged more harshly for their choices, outfit and otherwise, and his experiment showed just that. She and a producer knew that he was rocking the same suit daily, but never brought it up on air.
No one has noticed; no one gives a shit, but women, they wear the wrong color and they get pulled up. They say the wrong thing and there’s thousands of tweets written about them.Women are judged much more harshly and keenly for what they do, what they say and what they wear. I’ve worn the same suit on air for a year – except for a couple of times because of circumstance – to make a point. I’m judged on my interviews, my appalling sense of humor – on how I do my job, basically. Whereas women are quite often judged on what they’re wearing or how their hair is … that’s [what I wanted to test].
Proof that feminism can exist anywhere, even on Australian morning TV in a blue knock-off Burberry suit.