Why We Need to Access Our Sexuality from 9 to 5

Camille Paglia (love her! sometimes!) writes in the New York Times about the perils of de-sexing ourselves, including in the workplace. For good measure, she throws in issues related to class, race, and gender. Her piece brings to mind Debrahlee Lorenzana’s plight, located at the opposite end of the sexy spectrum.

Consider Paglia’s analysis of the white-collar workplace:

In the discreet white-collar realm, men and women are interchangeable, doing the same, mind-based work. Physicality is suppressed; voices are lowered and gestures curtailed in sanitized office space. Men must neuter themselves, while ambitious women postpone procreation.

With all of its complications, it’s clear that we must bring sexy back to work, in service of our professional role and the function of the organization where we toil. The question is, how? And without getting into trouble!

The full Op-Ed piece.

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