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Are Hot Anchor Women Too Distracting?

If you're watching the 5 o'clock news, and there's a 50ish year old female newscaster who's wearing a sleeveless top while she delivers information about a house that just exploded in the next city, are you concentrating on the story, or will you be so distracted by her naked arms, that everything blends together and you totally miss the part about who escaped alive?

According to the Huffington Post, there's a "powerful woman in the news business" who has a serious issue with how other female newscasters dress. So serious is her issue, that she had to make a blanket statement.

"I can't help but think the sleeveless craze has gone too far...It seems like they're dashing to a cocktail party or a sports bar. Women
have worked so hard to have a seat at the table of broadcast
journalism. Let's not regress to Mad Men status."

While it's hard to care who the mystery newscaster with the chip on her shoulder is, she does bring up two points that have long plagued powerful women in the media: just how the heck are the young and good-looking ones, and the not-getting-any-younger ones, supposed to dress?

When you're doing something like broadcasting the news, are you, as a woman, supposed to wear something visually appealing (i.e a slightly low cut top or an arm-baring shirt), or should you wear something neutral that blends into the background and doesn't really call to attention the fact that you're of the fairer sex? And going further, if you're an older woman, should you even consider these styles? Would wearing a "cocktail dress" like get-up just make you look desperate?

These days, with the 24-hour news race getting dangerously close to scripted drama, it's harder than ever to decide if the news is truly about the facts, or basically just another form of entertainment. If it's about entertainment, then perhaps Fox News is truly leading the way in putting many of their anchors in short skirts. But if the news really is supposed to educate us and give us straightforward facts, classy and chaste would probably be our best bet. Female anchors shouldn't have to apologize for being female, but they shouldn't be broadcasting (for lack of a better word) their attributes either.

But then, of course, you get into the tricky waters of "classy". One person's idea of too much skin is another person's "Sunday Best," and things gets ever trickier when one anchor is, say, "endowed" much more heavily than another. Should a girl with big breasts be denied a job as a newscaster because she'll be too distracting? That's just not fair.

Entertainment, beauty, class, and the truth can all be subjective - so what's a female news anchor to do?
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  • Crazy Bill Eastexn25 2010/03/23 22:11:58
    Crazy Bill
    Sleeveless below the elbows is probably a good place to stop. Some of the women shown should not be trying to show aging cleavage or fat upper arms. I really don't need to see that much.
  • Eastexn25 2010/03/23 21:57:22
    Eastexn25
    +3
    This

    or

    I know, me too....
  • Crazy Bill Eastexn25 2010/03/23 22:13:21
    Crazy Bill
    +1
    That explains right wingers watching Fox. I can't argue the visual aspect.
  • lunaed 2010/03/23 21:39:28
    lunaed
    +1
    i think it would've been better if they dressed professionally! professionally doesn't have to be boring/blending in the background but just goes to show that people would watch news more if it's a pretty woman baring "slight" hints...

    if rest of the females dress professionally at workplaces, then why can't the news anchor women be same? are they in professional world or actresses for entertainment?
  • Allbiz - PWCM - JLA 2010/03/23 21:33:16
    Allbiz - PWCM - JLA
    +3
    Imagine the stress on the constitutional law professors who were lecturing to those hot chicks on FOX while they were getting their law degrees.

    Oh such stress I could only wish to endure.

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  • LeifEriksson 2010/03/23 21:11:54
    LeifEriksson
    +2
    There's a way to be attractive without flaunting oneself. The news anchors I typically see don't flaunt themselves. They are stunningly feminine and confident/intelligent-looking... That's attractive.
    attractive flaunting news anchors typically flaunt stunningly feminine confidentintelligent-looking attractive
    See, you can be fully clothed and look attractive.
  • very Conservative "me" 2010/03/23 20:38:11
    very Conservative "me"
    +3
    The thing I notice most about all Fox's women is they have big smiles. That comes from being on the side of what's right and believing in what you are doing. Has anybody seen a smile on Hillary's face lately or on Pelosi's except when she was peeing her pants over healthcare and taking joy in what she was doing to the American people? Nah it don't happen. The Fox women are loved and happy. It makes a difference. That's why every body watches them. They are not only worth looking at but worth listening to also.
  • Allbiz ... very Co... 2010/03/23 21:19:51
    Allbiz - PWCM - JLA
    +1
    Oh Please!!! There is no way I want a mental picture of Nancy Pelosi peeing her pants. I'll take the hot blonds on FOX over that any day.
  • Angelofdeath156 2010/03/23 20:30:30
    Angelofdeath156
    +1


    I find a professionally dressed women very impressing and deserving respect. While the clothing don't represent the person it makes you look your best. You can look very cute in in clothing that don't show much skin and is not making your tata's look like they are about to show. But then thats just me, I like dressing up :P
  • LeifEri... Angelof... 2010/03/23 21:16:38
    LeifEriksson
    +2
    Women in dress suits, whatchamacallits, anyway--they look fantastic. Case in point, Sandra Bullock in this movie poster:
    dress suits whatchamacallits anyway--they fantastic case sandra bullock movie poster
  • Angelof... LeifEri... 2010/03/23 21:24:23
    Angelofdeath156
    +1
    lol, yes I agree. She looked very pretty and the movie was hilarious.
  • LeifEri... Angelof... 2010/03/23 21:38:52
    LeifEriksson
    I didn't even see it. I think I'm going to have to wait, though, due to her marital troubles. I'm deeply upset by all this cheating that's going on. It's not giving me much hope for the future.
  • Angelof... LeifEri... 2010/03/23 21:48:59
    Angelofdeath156
    I think its sweet your going to wait before watching the movie. ^w^

    I didn't even KNOW she was married, much less to Jesse James. Its sad though that he cheated on her with that tattoo model...I think, though I'm not sure. All that cheating is troubling, but you can't give up hope for the future. :) You just have to live out life and not worry about the what ifs. Otherwise you may lead yourself to a self-fulfilled prophecy.
  • Artist~... LeifEri... 2010/03/23 23:08:04
    Artist~PWCM~
    I love the line and cut of the skirt and the professional styling of the accessories, the proper length emphasizes her height while not diminishing her femininity. Though the heels may be a bit high, the character fully enhances the image of a serious and professional woman.
    Overall I find the outfit demure but elegant in it's unstated purity.

    Plus it does a good job of showing off her ass!
  • LeifEri... Artist~... 2010/03/24 06:15:44
    LeifEriksson
    +1
    I absolutely love dress pants. ;-D
    absolutely love dress pants
    even the average butt looks good.
  • ☆SPIDERPIECES☆: HERO of PHAET 2010/03/23 20:30:23 (edited)
    ☆SPIDERPIECES☆: HERO of PHAET
    +1
    No. With out them I wouldn't stop surfing through channels.



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    Lauren Sanchez

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  • Kino 2010/03/23 20:22:45
    Kino
    +2
    It's all about the ratings. Whatever puts eyes on the screen.
  • Zimt29 2010/03/23 20:04:11
    Zimt29
    +1
    Well, this same question came up the other day while I was watching our local anchor girl (from the weather to traffic to a daily news-talk show) inform us about the weather. She is quite pretty and has a great figure; she even has a great fashion sense BUT ask us what the weather was going to be like that day and uhhhh.....what? I think women need to be a bit more conservative when delivering the news. Yes, they look great, but it can be just as distracting to us women as it is to men. We look at the great haircut, the stylish cut of the dress, etc..etc. The men? Well, you know. So, I think the "mystery anchor" is correct. Tone it down a bit ladies. You can still look good without so much cleavage showing.
  • Gun665 2010/03/23 20:02:03
  • Kino Gun665 2010/03/23 20:23:24
    Kino
    +1
    Bingo.

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