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Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Oct 21, 2020
“It’s a look that is more classically feminine — ladylike, even — than is usual in such situations, now that even movie stars tend to [wear] trouser suits and glasses. Notable in its consistency. But also noncontroversial and nonconfrontational.” The New York Times wrote this in an article on what a U.S. Supreme Court nominee—a woman—wore to the U.S. Senate Confirmation Hearings that began October 12, 2020.
 
If you are offended that The NYT published an article on a U.S. Supreme Court nominee’s fashion choice, it is not surprising. The NYT failed to use its powerful voice to dispel gender stereotypes. While marketing strategies may come into play of how to appeal to others with fashion choice, those strategies are based on stereotypes that deprive any woman the right to wear what she wants without an evaluation of sorts.
 
A search for similar articles on the last U.S. Supreme Court nominee, a male, yield nil. The NYT article ignores that acceptable business attire is a personal choice, and “that [the] fashion [industry] wants to deconstruct gender stereotypes…aiming to blur the masculine/feminine divide because of [the] idea which argues that garments have no gender”.
 
Lawyers Club will vet the nominee based on how the nominee supports our mission – to advance the status of women in the law and society, and our advocacy tenets: (1) reproductive rights, (2) gender pay equity, (3) gender discrimination and sexual harassment, (4) combatting violence against women, and (5) ending human trafficking, and not her fashion choices.
 

Yahairah Aristy is a Deputy Public Defender, and is the 2020-2021 president of Lawyers Club of San Diego.


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