DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have noticed that many female TV anchors and reporters wear skimpy outfits that would be more appropriate at the beach.

Men always dress in proper outfits, while many women wear sleeveless tops that do not look professional. Why are women allowed to do this?


Miss Manners has also noticed the gender discrepancy in clothing styles among male and female newscasters. But she hardly thinks that working journalists are insisting upon wearing frivolous clothes on the job.

You might consider the possibility that someone in the station or network hierarchy has decreed that female broadcasters should look flirty — like flight attendants, back when they were called stewardesses.

Miss Manners: Why are these working women allowed to wear skimpy clothes?