The Wall Street Journal released an article on November 25th, 2018, which was intended to be a helpful “How To” that came off as completely condescending instead.
No, you shouldn't be wearing sweatpants to work—even when you work from home https://t.co/hgL0g3xJMJ
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) November 21, 2018
“Working remotely—long the territory of slobby creatives—has become newly social thanks to co-working spaces and teleconferencing. Here’s how to upgrade your look without sacrificing comfort,” begins the article.
Well, the “slobby creatives,” funnily enough, don’t normally like being told what to do.
Agree, sweatpants way too formal… Im working from home right now and wearing nothing except for a blanket and two day stink.
— Buckley Mulligan (@buckleymulligan) November 21, 2018
if a woman goes to work and nobody sees her, will her clothing choices still be shamed in a major newspaper?
— yule lad (@peterdroberts) November 21, 2018
Who works from home & even wears pants?
— PrideoftheSunshine (@Jayk813) November 21, 2018
The author’s personality type, as conveyed through the article, suggested that she was the kind of multitasker who needed to dress a certain way in order to stay focused–which is all well and good for her, but her alternatives to the ever-popular uniform of t-shirt and sweats included $4,000 earrings, $600 shoes to make a coffee appointment, and a $200 shirt to meet clients.
Those “outfits” cost more than I make in a month….working from home.
And you can pry my pajama bottoms and warm grandma sweaters from my cold, dead, hands.
— Christina LK-S (@ctinalk) November 21, 2018
Remember ladies, if you work from home, you will judged under the same sexist and arbitrary beauty standards as if you were at work.
— (((Mad Bastard))) (@MadBastard_v2) November 21, 2018
Yes, make sure to carry a designer purse around when going to your kitchen to make lunch
— Liz🍋 (@llemon0711) November 21, 2018
And the dig at sweatpants on the tweet? We slobby creatives will not stand for that.
::deliberately puts on sweatpants, slowly, while glaring at the WSJ::
— N. K. Jemisin (@nkjemisin) November 21, 2018
I’m working in sweatpants right now!
— Phil West ⚽️ (@philwest) November 21, 2018
I literally have a sweatpants rotation. The Wednesday Walmart gray about to go on now
— Robert Littal (@BSO) November 21, 2018
If someone works from home and wears any kind of pants at all, that person is a dangerous psychopath, and needs to be quarantined for the good of the community.
— Draugr have Wight Privilege (@NomeDaBarbarian) November 21, 2018
i'm wearing sweatpants right now FUCKING FIGHT ME https://t.co/rJOdeS1bwe
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) November 21, 2018
lmao how I'm imagining the person who wrote that WSJ article about not wearing sweat pants to work pic.twitter.com/OgMhFyPqY0
— Preeti Chhibber (@runwithskizzers) November 21, 2018
DONT TELL ME WHAT TO DO, WSJ! pic.twitter.com/GPnsUsykJ6
— Scott Bradlee (@scottbradlee) November 22, 2018
The sexist undertones of this piece may be the worst part of it all. But then, the WSJ has always maintained a planetary distance from how normal folks operate on a day to day basis.
Remember when WSJ thought this is how much money normal people made? pic.twitter.com/eUdrseUSSc
— Tristan Johnson (@TristanPEJ) November 22, 2018
People in suits caused the financial crash.
— Tits McGee (@Scientits) November 21, 2018
Also, like, butt out, WSJ; our sartorial choices when we work from home is none of your business.
YOU’RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME.
— Urban Achiever (@SomeChiGuy) November 21, 2018
L. O. L. Says this CEO while wearing a bathrobe. No $4k earrings here. What’s the point in working from home if I’m still supposed to wear heels?
— Mandi Holmes (@MandiHolmes) November 21, 2018
Of course WSJ is only focusing on women workers. Because women must always answer to patriarchy, even when they're working from their own home.
— Tired of the USA ☭🌹 (@thespinsterymc) November 21, 2018
$650 shoes? Accessories totaling more than $5000? You know most of us work from home, not Beyoncé’s home, right?
Wait, Beyoncé would have way cuter outfits. And also yoga pants.
— Alison in Wonderland (@mitzy247) November 21, 2018