Now here’s a curious item that had the Belly Achers locked in an vociferous debate.
June 1, 2014
By Donald Urquhart
Now here’s a curious item that had the Belly Achers locked in an vociferous debate. The proverbial spark to this chaos was a news report on how Cathay Pacific air hostesses feel exposed by their uniform and would like the Hong Kong airline to redesign it.
The cabin crew believe that the uniform increases their chances of being sexually harassed and to make matters worse, a worrying study by Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunities Commission in February revealed that 27 per cent of Hong Kong attendants had been sexually harassed on flights in the past 12 months. Eighty-six per cent of the 392 participants who took the study were female.
Now while we most certainly do not condone this kind of harassment (and for the record we’ve never engaged in it either!) we were a bit perplexed by the cabin crew’s earnest protestations over the ‘revealing’ nature of their uniforms. We scratched our collective heads trying to recall the uniforms – because apparently they are not very memorable, at least to us – and ultimately resorted to Google for a clearer picture on these ‘sexy’ uniforms. But nope, nada, niet, nothing on the sexy scale was the conclusion of the Belly Achers and in fact we actually reached complete agreement on one point… that being the Cathay Pacific uniforms are… well, for a lack of better word… a bit on the dowdy side! The skirts, said to be too tight by the stewardesses, go pretty much to the knees, don’t appear particularly tight fitting and certainly we cannot see any overt or even subtle sexiness… they just look sort of pleasant utilitarian in the way a librarian or bank teller would wear – at least that’s the honest opinion of the humble fashionistas at Belly Ache Central.