Yesterday afternoon, we wrote about Karl Stefanovic‘s actually pretty startling revelation that he wore the same blue suit every day for a year to see if anybody would notice, as a protest against the sexist remarks directed at his female coworkers’ outfits.
Nobody noticed – or at least if they did, they didn’t bother to comment – and yesterday, when Stefanovic revealed what he’d done, social media reacted with a level of amazement that usually doesn’t happen for people not named Kardashian.
High-profile feminist site Jezebel
ran with it as a lead story today, and writer Isha Aran
pointed out that “[as] interesting as this is, he simply proved something we all already know, the double standard women deal with on a day-to-day basis.”
While this is definitely true, it’s also worth considering that Stefanovic, by the sheer novelty of his experiment, arguably proved his point to a bunch of people who don’t regularly stop and think about ingrained privilege and everyday sexism.
The stunt, meanwhile, has turned Stefanovic into something of a folk hero on Twitter, with grudging respect emerging as a common theme:
Today posted a selection of Karl’s best looks from the last year on their Facebook page:
Stefanovic himself hasn’t commented since yesterday’s Fairfax interview, although it’s a safe bet tomorrow’s show will be an interesting one.
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