Women’s breasts are a secondary sexual characteristic.
Unless a woman is flat-chested, breasts encased in a bra form a cleavage, which makes the cleavage also a secondary sexual characteristic.
It used to be that showing your cleavage is considered inappropriate and unprofessional in the workplace.
If you need the certification of an “authority figure” for this rule of etiquette, interviewed by Good Morning America in 2007, Elisabeth Squires, author of Boobs: A Guide to Your Girls, said that what looks sexy for a night out on the town is not appropriate in the workplace. Cleavage should never make an appearance in the office because “It’s way too big of a distraction for men and women. If cleavage isn’t in your job description, don’t put it in.”
Have you noticed that female TV anchors increasingly reveal their cleavages?
Just the other day, I noticed that a 50-something anchorwoman on a local TV station who normally dresses discreetly, wore a red dress with cut-outs along the neckline which exposed her cleavage. (I blocked out her face in the picture below to preserve her anonymity.)
So I sent her this tweet:
A fan of yours; watched you for years. No one needs to see your cleavage this morning. You’re classier than that.
She tweeted back:
thank you, but have to say I maintain a professional look everyday & that’s part of a woman’s body. Not sure why it’s not ‘classy’
Breasts are parts of a woman’s body too. Does that mean you’ll expose your breasts as well?
Not surprisingly, I didn’t get a response.
While pondering this phenomenon, I tried to exercise empathy for this anchorwoman by imagining what she may be thinking. My guess is that exposing her cleavage is her way to be “sexy” in order to regain the attention she once attracted when she was younger.
So I sent her another tweet:
By the way, I think you are a lovely woman as you are. 🙂
Almost immediately, I got a response:
So what do you think of female TV anchors exposing their cleavage?