Originally Posted by ekh
I'm a teacher and I never wear make-up, but it would probably help me professionally if I dressed up more, if I wanted to move "up" at all. But, I don't, so I don't worry about it. The administration certainly complains every year about how the teachers aren't dressy enough, and most of us generally ignore it. They do make the men wear ties, and I feel sorry for them.
They make men wear ties at my school, too. It's looks nice, but really uncomfortable.
I am a teacher, too. I wear make up if I feel like it, but to work I generally just wear chapstick and eyebrow pencil...sometimes a little brown shadow on my lids so I don't look quite so puffy if I have been up most of the night nursing and/or marking papers.
I have worked in lots of jobs though and never felt the need
to be feminine, though I will say on the days I did feel like wearing make up or heels or a more feminine cut suit I definitely had more doors held for me, more technical and manual labor help offers from the men in the office and more free bagels and coffee thrown my way. It certainly can be encouraging to wear make up when you know a little mascara and lipstick can shave 20$ off your week's food bill.
Not that I
would ever have taken advantage of my sexuality or the tendency towards male's obsession with appearances like that...not me.
I certainly would never have let my boss stare at my cleavage and then use his guilt to ask for a day off to go skiing with my boyfriend...not me.
I will say, now that I am a teacher I really appreciate being judged for the quality of the job I do rather than y looks because the kids don't care what I look like as long as I can teach them how to write...but I do wear make up and heels and even hose on teacher/parents nights, because I don't want them to think I am a puffy wornout old lady who doesn't have enough energy to lift a pencil let alone recall who their kid is out of a group of 50. I look more alive with eyeshadow and lip gloss. Especially at 7pm on a school night.
I also love make up when going out dancing. I think colored eyeshadow is awesome, and I <3 body shimmering lotions and dusters.