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  • Glamour shares Reese Witherspoon’s pep talk for all women: “If you are one of those people who has that little voice in the back of her mind saying, ‘Maybe I could do [fill in the blank],’ don’t tell it to be quiet. Give it a little room to grow, and try to find an environment it can grow in.”
  • The BBC quotes a woman CEO as saying, “Being a brunette helps me to look a bit older and I needed that, I felt, in order to be taken seriously.”
  • PopSugar Beauty provides a roundup of all 40 shades of foundation in Rihanna’s new Fenty Beauty makeup line.
  • The Washington Post reports on Nordstrom’s new concept: a clothing store with no clothes, the first of which will open in West Hollywood next month.
  • Man Repeller offers alternatives to thongs to reduce the dreaded visible panty line.
  • Inc. explains why you should make your case for a raise before Oct. 1.
  • LifeHacker suggests when it comes to mansplaining at work, “maintain a professional tone and approach the problem head on. Firmly explain what the issue is, and offer a solution on how to solve it.”
  • Ivy Exec shares how you can take advantage of recent updates to LinkedIn.
  • The New York Times has video from a panel discussion at the inaugural Women in the World Canada Summit, including attorney Lisa Bloom’s legal and media strategy that ended in Bill O’Reilly leaving Fox News earlier this year.
  • Huffington Post reports that Busy Phillips shared her hospital experience on Instagram after she suffered from extreme pain that was caused by a twisted ovary (video autoplays).
  • Wired recommends avoiding security risks with your smartphone and other devices by turning off Bluetooth when you’re not using it.
  • Laugh of the Week: The Onion offers a look at the new T.J. Maxx website that makes you feel like you’re actually in their stores. (Thanks to Wardrobe Oxygen for sharing this one.)

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  1. I’m frankly a little horrified by the BBC article. I can understand wanting to be taken more seriously, but I felt like the article had a bit of an overtone of ‘women who wear makeup and heels aren’t feminist’. I believe that you should be able to be yourself, whether that means wearing makeup, being blond, whatever. I was in the military. I understand what it’s like to be sexually harassed. I am also a brunette who loves heels. These things have shaped my experiences and I just feel like the article, while highlighting issues in the corporate world, also paints this picture that women have to make themselves more ‘dour’ to be taken seriously.

    Maybe I’m completely off-base, but I just feel viscerally uncomfortable with the presentation.

    • I so agree. I beleive women like us can be feminine AS WELL AS profesional. As a partner who still can turn a few head’s, I do NOT hesitate to dress feminineley, b/c we MUST do whatever we can to highlight our asset’s. I beleive strongely that we can strut our stuff w/o NOT being taking seriousley. FOOEY on men that just ooogle us but do NOT respect us. I think we should be respected while still being VERY feminine! YAY!!!!!

  2. I agree. Women have bodies, and some of them are considered more or less attractive to men. A woman’s appearance is what it is, and women of any hair color, size, shape, level of makeup use, and apparel can be capable of great work, while acknowledging the usefulness of reasonable dress codes.

    Straight men are programmed to be interested in women. It’s on them to exhibit self-control at work. If women are expected to control their supposedly hormonal behavior at work, men can do the same.

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