Some of you might have read this thread I started about my evil (I do not exaggerate here) boss. There’s been another ongoing incident involving him that’s really been pissing me off.
I wear a lot of black. Probably about 75% of my wardrobe is black clothing. This is not a statement about any kind of subculture (I don’t consider myself goth, punk, etc, although I do like some aspects of these subcultures). Nor does it mean that I live a sorrowful existence or hang around in graveyards. These clothes, usually plain shirts, skirts, dresses and dress pants, are very businesslike and professional. They just happen to be black. Why do I wear so much black? Mostly, because of my stocky figure. I tend to look like a cow in bright colours. Trust me, I spend a LOT of time trying on clothes when I go shopping. I * do * have a few coloured pieces of clothing that look good on me, but they’re subdued colours - burgundies, olive greens. But anything brighter makes me look like a walking joke. Plus, I think black clothing, in the proper style, material and cut, looks classy.
Anyway, I digress. At least twice a week since I ever started my job (2 years ago now), my boss says when I come in the door, “Look! It’s the girl in black.” Okay. The first time, it was sorta funny b/c it was so obvious. Uninspired and stupid, but sorta funny. Now, after 2 years of hearing the same comment several times a week, it’s not funny anymore. In fact, I find it downright harassing now. I do my job and I do it well, and my clothes always cover all of my body, so why does he feel the need to comment on the fact that I happen to like wearing black? All the damn time? Well, yesterday I got fed up with it and talked back. When he said, “Look! The girl in black!” I said, “Yeah, I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise anymore, eh?” My coworker got a laugh out of this while my boss stood there dumbfounded. But I guess I shouldn’t have tried to defend myself, because he got revenge by making my day hell. Criticized everything I did, not answering any of my emails I had with important questions about product orders we were expecting, and talking in a nasty tone when he did have to talk to me.
One would guess that if I started wearing more colours he would stop making comments. I tried this and he started saying “Ooo! The Girl in Black is wearing colour today!” I wish he’d just shut his fucking mouth. :mad: