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The Power Suit Makes the Woman ("What do you wear that makes you feel powerful?")
National Public Radio ^ | March 6, 2008 | The Bryant Park Project?

Posted on 03/10/2008 8:04:15 AM PDT by flowerplough

Trappings: Stories of Women, Power and Clothing is a study of women and their clothing choices. It's the result of asking nearly 600 women in 15 states one simple question: "What do you wear that makes you feel powerful?"

The pair started working on the project in 2001, when they decided to take a serious look at the state of feminism. But how to talk about a "hot-button topic" like feminism, Ludwig says, without devolving into black and white generalities? "Clothing," she says, "is an entry into a power-charged conversation." After all, everyone has to get dressed in the morning, Ludwig says. For the book, interview sessions were modeled after classic Tupperware parties. "It's not a secret confession," Tiffany says.

Ludwig and Piechocki say that a surprising number of women were immediately revealing, even though in 90 percent of the interview sessions, they were talking to people they'd never met. One memorable response was a "yes dress," a slinky number that got a businesswoman the answers she wanted. But Ludwig and Piechocki also heard from women that their power item was a lab coat, a head wrap or a tattoo.

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Businesswoman's "yes dress". Weak. And tattoo as "power item"?

We had an upwardly-mobile factory girl who used the company's diversity/sensitivity money-pit as a stepping stone to an office job. She became a "facilitator" for a while and bared her soul monthly in the plant manager's large, semi-private, off-site, three-day seminars. Actually mentioned enjoying the personal distinction that the large, colorful, "tramp stamp" tatoo on her lower back and higher buttocks gave her. The stamp did seem to act as a counterweight to the stretch marks that often peeked out from under the front of her designer tee shirts, so maybe that was part of why.

1 posted on 03/10/2008 8:04:16 AM PDT by flowerplough
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To: flowerplough

Is the Lewinsky method for promotion still in vogue?


2 posted on 03/10/2008 8:05:44 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: flowerplough
I think a man dresses for success by attempting to look professional and polished.

A woman dresses for success by focusing on how to look POWERFUL or perhaps AUTHORITATIVE or even SEXY.

I guess I'm just biased, but I think "professional and polished" is a superior way forward.

3 posted on 03/10/2008 8:09:46 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: flowerplough
"What do you wear that makes you feel powerful?"

CAR-15?

4 posted on 03/10/2008 8:10:09 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: pissant

NO!

But power suit dressing is real. Watch the politicians and newsmen. Dark suits usually. Used to be dark suit, white shirt, red tie.


5 posted on 03/10/2008 8:11:22 AM PDT by buffyt (Glowbull warming - Climate Change - the biggest hoax/fraud/deception of the 21st century.)
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To: TLI

How about my large metal button that says “Of course I own a gun! Don’t you?” LOL!


6 posted on 03/10/2008 8:12:00 AM PDT by basil (Support the Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Women still get by on their looks and appearing non-threatening to men. They can be very manipulative to get what they want. Disregard what you see in the prime time soaps - in real life women view other women as competitors, not as colleagues to gossip workplace and relationship stuff with during lunch breaks.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

7 posted on 03/10/2008 8:12:22 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: buffyt

The power suit versus the miniskirt and BJ? Hmmmm


8 posted on 03/10/2008 8:12:44 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: flowerplough

9 posted on 03/10/2008 8:12:53 AM PDT by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country.)
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To: flowerplough

Power dressing? Well, there WERE a few I wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley.


10 posted on 03/10/2008 8:14:01 AM PDT by kitkat
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To: flowerplough
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.

Margaret Thatcher

11 posted on 03/10/2008 8:14:57 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: flowerplough

Actually a woman is never more powerful than with nothing on. {:-)


12 posted on 03/10/2008 8:15:31 AM PDT by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: flowerplough

I thought this was going to be an article about Old Crusty.


13 posted on 03/10/2008 8:16:08 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: flowerplough

I love it when my wife has to go to an important meeting with vendors and would be customers.

She let’s me lay out her attire. [winky-winky}


14 posted on 03/10/2008 8:17:41 AM PDT by papasmurf (I'm not worried anymore. I read Obama's "Blueprint for Change".)
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To: The Pack Knight

l o l


15 posted on 03/10/2008 8:18:00 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: flowerplough

>> “What do you wear that makes you feel powerful?”

I can’t speak for wimmin folk.

But when I pick that ol’ tee shirt up off the floor and pull it on for the third or fourth day straight, Mrs. Tick swears it makes me “powerful”.

She says that when she gets close to me it about makes her swoon!

(...well, she says “pass out”, not “swoon”. But same difference.)


16 posted on 03/10/2008 8:18:11 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (I'm not voting FOR John McCain -- I'm voting AGAINST Hillary/Obama)
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To: The Pack Knight

LOL, that would do it for me!

“Why yes, I DO feel qualified for the job. Any more questions?”


17 posted on 03/10/2008 8:22:08 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne ("Shorn, dumb and bleating is no way to go through life, son." Yeah, close enough.)
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To: flowerplough
Power Suit!


18 posted on 03/10/2008 8:23:28 AM PDT by Nascar Dad (www.AntiMicrobialProduct.com)
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To: Nervous Tick

Oh, so she doesn’t howl like Kim Cattrall did in the boys locker room in “Porky’s”?


19 posted on 03/10/2008 8:24:45 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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For real womyn, the answer is...

Chest hair.


20 posted on 03/10/2008 8:25:03 AM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: flowerplough; All
IMHO, wearing either or both of the two buttons below would possibly help in the "power item" catagory:

Psycho-BitchMr Testosterone

21 posted on 03/10/2008 8:25:39 AM PDT by musicman
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To: papasmurf

So you pick out clothes for your wife’s dates? :o


22 posted on 03/10/2008 8:26:09 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: flowerplough

I remember when all the women wanted the big career, wanted to be just like all the boys etc...Now they sit in traffic 3 hours a day and have figured out they are just paid slaves, another payroll number, another brick in the wall...


23 posted on 03/10/2008 8:26:14 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: mewzilla
On a related note....

Golda’s kitchen

24 posted on 03/10/2008 8:26:57 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: flowerplough
"What do you wear that makes you feel powerful?"

****************

Pajamas.

25 posted on 03/10/2008 8:27:02 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: TLI
CAR-15?

Come to think of it, I've got a scruffy old non-Colt 1911 that I still occasionally strap on in case I find myself in an unscheduled "power meeting".
26 posted on 03/10/2008 8:27:41 AM PDT by flowerplough ( Hillary: "The harder she works, the worse it gets for the Dems." R. Cohen, WaPost (paraphrase)
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To: flowerplough

A yellow Mao suit to hide my cankles.


27 posted on 03/10/2008 8:31:40 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: flowerplough

Huge difference from looking powerful and being powerful. Hence the expression “an empty suit”. Young people and the morons think it is about appearances, but it is about attitude and confidence and getting the job done. Of course, many people are fooled by empty suits... Hillary and Obama supporters for example.


28 posted on 03/10/2008 8:31:57 AM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: flowerplough; george76; Diana in Wisconsin; jazusamo; CrappieLuck

“(”What do you wear that makes you feel powerful?”)”

Camoflague, preferably Mossy Oak (hehe).

Really, I got to wear camo on my last fulltime job.


29 posted on 03/10/2008 8:35:45 AM PDT by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: flowerplough; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Larry Lucido; Diplomat; ...
Re: The Power Suit Makes the Woman ("What do you wear that makes you feel powerful?")

I cannot speak for all other FReepers... but a good pushup bra does it for me any time.

I hear old big likes his to be a cheese push up!

30 posted on 03/10/2008 8:36:01 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: basil

That “lock and load” bumper sticker and gunrack, make a powerful statement.

Ms. Clinton prefers the bumblebee pantsuit.

LOL


31 posted on 03/10/2008 8:37:11 AM PDT by dforest (My real name is Tim Couch(R) and I live in Kentucky. My mission is to whack bullies.)
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To: flowerplough

What do I wear when I want to feel powerful? A holster. With a Lady Smith in it.


32 posted on 03/10/2008 8:37:20 AM PDT by ottbmare
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To: flowerplough
"What do you wear that makes you feel powerful?"

A full holster.

Oh, wait. I'm, a girl. That isn't the right answer.

A full holster. It's pink. Tee hee! ~Giggle~

Did I get it right this time?

33 posted on 03/10/2008 8:40:28 AM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: flowerplough
Tattoos are to loose and trashy women what T-Bird is to a Wino.

The Jews are right on body art. Leave it to Sailors and the Yakuza.

34 posted on 03/10/2008 8:43:54 AM PDT by Clemenza (I Live in New Jersey for the Same Reason People Slow Down to Look at Car Crashes)
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To: musicman

35 posted on 03/10/2008 8:45:01 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (I'm not voting FOR John McCain -- I'm voting AGAINST Hillary/Obama)
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To: flowerplough

“After all, everyone has to get dressed in the morning,”....not if your retired.


36 posted on 03/10/2008 8:51:11 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Nervous Tick
Here's a button for the shirt:

Crabby

37 posted on 03/10/2008 8:53:47 AM PDT by musicman
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To: Nervous Tick
LOL.


38 posted on 03/10/2008 8:55:54 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: BenLurkin
I thought this was going to be an article about Old Crusty.

Old Crusty? Isn't that what hillary clinton's broomstick maker calls her?

39 posted on 03/10/2008 9:08:09 AM PDT by Wil H
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To: pissant

40 posted on 03/10/2008 9:09:16 AM PDT by jmq (Islam=Religion of Peace)
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To: flowerplough

Navy blue, skirted suit. No pants, they make me feel dumpy.


41 posted on 03/10/2008 9:11:58 AM PDT by madison10
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To: madison10

Navy Blue skirted suit and no panties?

Hmmm...


42 posted on 03/10/2008 9:14:07 AM PDT by Wil H
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To: ClearCase_guy
I guess I'm just biased, but I think "professional and polished" is a superior way forward.

I prefer "polished" too. A woman doesn't have to look like a man: paint suits, tatoos, etc. to get what she wants.

43 posted on 03/10/2008 9:17:39 AM PDT by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one recipe at a time http://www.youtube.com/Tamar1973)
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To: flowerplough

Powered Armor?


44 posted on 03/10/2008 9:18:32 AM PDT by Little Ray (It is time to drink the KoolAid: McCain for President!)
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To: Wil H

I think you need to put your glasses on...;) That was PANTS, not panties. Although to avoid the lines, just the pantyhose is good under that navy blue suit.


45 posted on 03/10/2008 9:18:51 AM PDT by madison10
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To: flowerplough
When Hillary wins the presidency, the pantsuit will be the new power suit.{/sarcasm}
46 posted on 03/10/2008 9:19:29 AM PDT by E. Cartman (Huckaboob will never be Vice President.)
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To: flowerplough

Recent ex-Obama advisor and "Monster"-lady Samantha always wears a Power suit...

47 posted on 03/10/2008 9:22:11 AM PDT by mikrofon (She got the Power)
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To: flowerplough
Something in pink.


48 posted on 03/10/2008 9:23:58 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Wil H
Navy Blue skirted suit and no panties?

How else would Madeline Albright impress Kim Jung IL?

49 posted on 03/10/2008 9:27:40 AM PDT by E. Cartman (Huckaboob will never be Vice President.)
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To: flowerplough

“Actually mentioned enjoying the personal distinction that the large, colorful, “tramp stamp” tatoo on her lower back and higher buttocks gave her.”

Oh my gosh, is that what those sl*tty looking lower back/upper buttocks tatoos are called?!? What a GREAT name!! I’ll have to remember the term “tramp stamp.” (I don’t get out much LOL....)


50 posted on 03/10/2008 9:29:58 AM PDT by RooRoobird20 (Thankfully Converted Catholic)
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