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BOOB ENVY, I Don’t Think So!

March 16, 2021


I wrote this article several years ago, but it still applies. Remember the 4 Bs.

BOOB ENVY, I Don’t Think So!
By Ms. Etiquette/Lady Di

In my efforts to keep the youngest working generations gainfully employed, I would like to reiterate a general and straightforward code of workplace dressing. There is a specific group of people that I am addressing this message to. You know who you are (I will not name names to protect the guilty). In several of my blogs, I have mentioned the 4 B’s – how “not to” dress at work. Folks do not want to see your Boobs, Butts, Belly, and Back at work. Unless you are swinging from a pole or working at Hooters or a strip joint, beach volleyball player, or model - You get the idea. So I must repeat it again and again. No Boobs, Butts, Belly, and Back showing!!!
I know what some of you will think. I am a maturing “Baby Boomer.” I am jealous of the young women who dress that way. That my boobs are drooping, and my belly is pudgy. So I must have boob envy or butt envy or belly envy or back envy because mine are going south. I know what you will think! True.
True, boob envy is real but not my motivating factor. I don’t want my running to be in vain. I spent ten years of my career working at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. I investigated and conciliated charges of employment discrimination in the private sector in the midwest USA. My job was challenging and sometimes very threatening. I don’t want my running to be in vain. I have championed the cause for ending sexual harassment in the workplace. Presented to thousands of male employees about why they should not harass women at work - that women should be treated as equals. I do not want my running to be in vain.
I want you to succeed. I want you to be able to pay into my SSA fund. Sometimes a person cannot be taken seriously when all their stuff is exposed. Most of all, I want you to think about the following: Do the leaders, the real movers, and shakers of the world (not the play ones, i.e. reality, movie, athletic, entertainment people) show their BOOBS, BUTT, BELLY, and BACK? Or do they use their personality, skills, knowledge, and abilities to get power and reach their goals?
I will eventually get over my boob envy. I am not looking for a job. But will the image you project today interfere with you creating your brand - with you getting ahead – keeping a competitive edge? How about just getting hired?
Please, please circulate this message. Life is not a reality show.
Lady Di


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