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Australian TV Host Wears Same Suit for a Year, and Nobody Notices

Today host Karl Stefanovic revealed that he wore the same blue suit on-air for a full year to make a point about sexism and support his co-host Lisa Wilkinson. He only changed his shirt and tie.

“It does get a bit stinky.” Stefanovic only had the suit dry cleaned twice, but otherwise wore the Burberry suit for an entire year. His “reverse sexism” stunt has made headlines around the world.

Stefanovic said he hadn’t received a single complaint about wearing the same suit every day, but his female co-host Lisa Wilkinson regularly copped criticism about the way she looked.

“No one has noticed; no one gives a s**t,” he told Fairfax Media.

“Women, they wear the wrong color and they get pulled up. They say the wrong thing and there’s thousands of tweets written about them.

“I’m judged on my interviews, my appalling sense of humor—on how I do my job, basically. Whereas women are quite often judged on what they’re wearing, or how their hair is… that’s [what I wanted to test].”

The experiment was a show of support for Wilkinson, who gave a speech 12 months ago on the pressures and scrutiny women in television faced on a daily basis.

Wilkinson said: “From the emails I’ve received in this job, most have been from women and I don’t know how we got into that space where it leans to a lack of support.”

Stefanovic’s sexism stance garnered worldwide attention with feminist website Jezabel among those to weigh in on the experiment.

Reporter Isha Aran wrote: “As hilarious and interesting as this is, he simply proved something we all already know, the double standard women deal with on a day-to-day basis.”

“Stefanovic’s experiment is definitely hilarious but it also shines an important light on what his female colleagues have to deal with every day,” MTV.com wrote.

Unfortunately, it seems women will continue to be judged by a different standard than men.

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John Andress
Having had many eclectic experiences and expressing interest in so many varied things in life has suited my role as Editor-in-Chief of Vision Times. Being trained in the sciences, I worked in the medical field. Scuba diving was a passion, being part owner of a scuba shop, and I enjoyed diving around the world. Raising reptiles of all sorts, including poisonous snakes, was also one of my hobbies when living in the U.S. After moving to Australia in the 80s, I became an avid organic grower of tropical fruits and vegetables, which my wife and I partake of year-round, as well as many of our friends. My newest endeavor has been to become a “bikie” — an eBikie, which I do every day not only to get exercise, but also to have a break from slaving over my computer most of the day. Obviously, China is also a passion, which is something VT specializes in, so I feel very fortunate to have a role here at Vision Times.

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