‘You'll Get Good Tips Tonight’: An Analysis of Gendered Appearance Codes in the Australian Service Sector

Women Studies International Forum 72: 62-67, doi:10.1016/j.wsif.2018.08.003

14 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2018 Last revised: 27 Sep 2018

See all articles by Patricia L. Easteal

Patricia L. Easteal

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice

Jessica O'Neill

Independent

Trevor Ryan

University of Canberra

Date Written: August 16, 2018

Abstract

In some occupations, employers impose gendered appearance requirements on their employees. In this paper we present the findings of a small sample of Australian service industry workers subject to such requirements. We analyse these empirical findings to evaluate competing proposals in the literature for how to combat the material and other harms entailed by gendered appearance codes. We argue that the findings suggest that in the Australian context, these codes and the anachronistic norms that underpin them should be resisted across multiple fronts, including in employment and anti-discrimination law reform but also other sites of gender normalisation such as the media, schools and other institutions.

Keywords: gender, dress codes, feminist analysis

JEL Classification: K19, K39, K49

Suggested Citation

Easteal, Patricia L. and O'Neill, Jessica and Ryan, Trevor, ‘You'll Get Good Tips Tonight’: An Analysis of Gendered Appearance Codes in the Australian Service Sector (August 16, 2018). Women Studies International Forum 72: 62-67, doi:10.1016/j.wsif.2018.08.003 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3232610

Patricia L. Easteal (Contact Author)

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice ( email )

Australia

Jessica O'Neill

Independent

No Address Available

Trevor Ryan

University of Canberra ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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