Kim Campbell Says Sleeveless Dresses ‘Demeaning’ for TV Broadcasters

Kim Campbell Says Sleeveless Dresses ‘Demeaning’ for TV Broadcasters

By The Canadian Press

Kim Campbell
Former prime minister Kim Campbell testifies before the Oliphant Commission in Ottawa, Wednesday, April 29 2009. Campbell is admonishing female news anchors who wear sleeveless dresses on the air, calling the bare-armed attire “demeaning.” (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand)

TORONTO – 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.”

She faced quick criticism and one tweeter pointed out that former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama frequently wore sleeveless dresses.

Campbell replied that she was specifically referring to female broadcasters.

She pointed to an essay by U.S. speaking coach Nick Morgan for back-up, who asserts in a blog post that “if you show up in front of us with skin exposed, we’re 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.

On her verified Twitter account, Campbell said: “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 (Morgan’s blog post) suggests that I am right. Bare arms undermine credibility and gravitas!” she wrote on Tuesday morning.

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