A Canadian television anchor hit back at a viewer who sent an email criticizing her cleavage during an appearance she had made.
On Sept. 7, Kori Sidaway, an anchor at CHEK News in Victoria, British Columbia, took to Twitter to share the email, which advised that “too much cleavage” could “break” her news story. The sender also attached two photos: one of Sidaway as she appeared on air the day before and one of a woman wearing a dress with a much deeper V-neck cut.
“What you think we see and what we actually see,” the sender, who claimed to be the “Vancouver Island Cleavage Patrol,” wrote. “Dress appropriately, it was hard work to get there.”
In response, Sidaway chastised the viewer for body-shaming her in a strongly worded tweet.
“This screenshot was sent to me and my colleagues in an attempt to shame and police my body,” the anchor wrote. “Well, I’m taking my power back. To the nameless computer warrior(s) who try to reduce women into an outfit or a body part — this generation of women, doesn’t stand for harassment.”
Sidaway’s tweet has since received over 7,000 likes and more than 1,000 responses.
“I for one think women should wear what makes them feel comfortable and not have to worry about a man saying it’s too much or too little,” one person tweeted back. “If I heard that said to you or about you, I’d have a little heart to heart with the idiot that said it. I don’t think [he’ll] say that again.”
“I don’t know what to say,” another added. “I am pissed off that women still have to put up with this trash. I, too, have been harassed all my life and these jokers think we should appreciate their rabid misogyny. Hold your head up high, you are better than them.”
At least one other journalist shared a similar experience in which she was criticized for her attire.
“I got an anonymous handwritten letter delivered to my network two weeks ago saying, ‘Decent men don’t want to see your low-cut tops. It shows poor taste in character. Hope you come to your senses and stick to doing your job,'” Camila Gonzalez, a host at Canadian network TLN, wrote.
“I hate to hear it’s happening across Canada.”
The next day, on Sept. 8, Sidaway posted a follow-up tweet thanking fellow Twitter users for their support.
“Well this kind of blew up … Thank you all for sharing your own stories & kind words,” she wrote. “I feel so much less alone, so supported and so much more empowered. You helped take my lemon and made lemonade. Thank you.”
If you’re interested in reading more stories like this, consider this woman’s harrowing workplace body-shaming incident.
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