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A well fitted bra will or will not help a woman get a job. The best and worst job interview tips ever for the professional woman on the go.

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First of, reading through the missive courtesy of Duke’s Women Law School Students Association of how a young woman preparing to enter the workforce should actually go about physically presenting herself strikes this male author as if he were reading an obligatory boarding school reading list circa 1910 where any thought of reading a book with any images of thighs on its cover being met with a fierce wacking over open palms.

To say that some of the suggestions are stringent (silk often needs to be dry cleaned. Check the tag. If you do wash it at home, always use Woolite or some other non-enzymatic cleaner...)  is an understatement, and then to its credit some of the suggestions (thankfully) are  well thought out (‘….watch out for 100% polyester suits- some of them look okay, but many end up looking cheap.’ – same goes for guys too if you must know.

Nevertheless after having read the list, I will say this right now- thank the lord I was born a boy cause there would be no way I could ever confidently walk in for a job interview without having mini panic attacks every time I passed a reflection of myself on my way to the job interview if I was a woman after having read this list ( oh no, my knees are showing and why is my bra strap showing, hmm maybe the lacy bra thing wasn’t a good choice after all?).

Which is to say the expectations society places on a woman’s appearances sometimes often bears more weight than her ability to actually perform well at her chosen vocation when it comes time for an employer to sift through potential female employees. Something as guys is the furthermost thing from an employer’s mind when it comes to the interview (unless of course you are interviewing for the highly competitive position of some uber dandy’s stylist).

That said I heartily suggest both men and women to read this manual (yes guys there’s a few tips there for us too- ‘we also think that overly pointy shoes are a dont. Break in your heels before interview day), you’re bound to learn something that you never knew before (Consider getting fitted for a bra. Fitters at lingerie stores should not only check your proper band width but also how the shape of the cup fits.) and then a few things you probably already worked out (No peep-toes, no sling backs. Watch out for a too-high heel. Not only is it going to get uncomfortable, it also is often too exciting for an interview) never mind garrulous over the top blush and perfume (that includes you too gentlemen!)

Who would of thought that a woman’s ability to get a job had something to do with conforming to a warrior road test of protocol? But then again that says more about societies attitude towards women in the workforce than many of us are still willing to admit to.

As for me, I’m about to undo my top button, not that anyone would ever notice….



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    PrintMonday, May 19, 2008Special Report: Banish the Bra?
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    Once considered a necessary undergarment, bras today lend more than just support and they have become a fashion statement! But some medical experts say the bra you wear every day could be bad for your health! 7’s Sorboni Banerjee looks into the possible link between bras and breast cancer.
    No longer just hidden under shirts, Victoria’s Secret brought the bra out into the open, making it a real fashion statement. But could a woman’s bra actually be dangerous to her health?”Our research has shown that the bras issue, we believe is the leading cause of breast cancer”, said Sydney Ross Singer, who wrote a book about what he believes is a link between breast cancer and bras.”In fact to look at breast disease and ignore bras is like looking at foot disease and ignoring tight shoes,” said Singer. Singer’s center conducted a study involving five thousand American women, half had breast cancer.They looked at past behavior, including how tight the bras were and how long the women wore them. Here’s what they found: Women who wore a bra for 24 hours a day, had a 3 out of 4 chance of developing breast cancer. If a bra is worn 12 hours a day, there was a 1 in 7 risk. And women who didn’t wear a bra had about the same rate of developing breast cancer as a man. “So what’s happening with the bra is that women are preventing the proper flushing of fluid and toxins out of their breasts,” said Singer.Singer claims a bra is too constricting, interfering with the body’s lymphatic system. This causes toxins to build up, eventually causing cancer. “If you get rid of the bra, your breasts will finally be able to flush out the fluid,” said Singer.But mainstream medical doctors dismiss the study.”There’s no evidence in any of the world research data that I’m aware of that supports the fact that breast cancer risk is increased by wearing a bra or a bra that’s too tight,” said Dr. Ermilo Barrera of the American Cancer Society.Dr. Barrera says women should get mammograms to reduce risk factors and not worry about their bras. “Watch their weight, exercise, drink only in moderation and don’t smoke,” said Doctor Hussein.Doctor Atif Hussein, Medical Director at the Memorial Cancer Institute calls the bra study interesting, but said, “it really is hard to tell you wearing the bra in itself was the contributing factor.”He says it’s not the bra, but the risk factors of the women who wear them that is the deciding factor. “Women who may be overweight tend to wear bras, therefore I would say the factors that contributed to those women wearing the bra contributed to their high risk rather than the bra itself,” said Doctor Hussein. He said the issue should be studied more.But despite criticism from the medical community, Singer is sticking to his mission saying, “there’s absolutely nothing good about bras, it’s completely a fashion accessory.”He is encouraging women to banish their bras for better health, saying, “We live in a culture where women feel insecure with a natural bust line, but if the price of fashion is disease, then you have to decide whether you want to participate in that or not.”Singer is now studying women who go bra-free to find out if they have lower rates of breast cancer.Sorboni Banerjee, 7News.(Copyright 2008 Sunbeam Television. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)View Comments | Write a Commentblog comments powered by Disqus [ more video ]Banish the Bra?

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