Interviews, Weddings, Engagements, Birthdays, Lunches, Coffee sessions, Funerals, Meetings with Ministers. What do all these events have in common? Your attire.
Though I focus on having the right outfit for each occassion, sometimes the joy of lounging is overshadowed by coordinating an outfit for it. People will tell you misnomers like, its what you say not what you wear. In a perfectly happy world, you could get away with trying to get to know someone disregarding the perception thats already taken root in your psyche due to their appearance.
Special attention is placed on interview attire and meetings with high ranking professionals. Like, for my meeting with the Minister on March 21st, what should I wear that won’t bundle me into the “over zealous immigrant wanting her claim as an intellectual equal” in her mind and thus cause her to over look my representation? Do I go all out and bring the closest thing in my closet to a suit jacket? Or keep it funky and down to earth seeing as she is meeting the ethnic youth advisory group while dazzling her with my calculated words and nearly pearly white smile?
There’s no way of me addressing this concern satisfactorily so why not work on the questions I want to ask her.
- Minister do you know Peter Costello personally? If so does he have any ethnic friends? Do you have any ethnic friends?
- Your portfolio sees you overseeing many important areas. Can you maybe outline for me what your office has identified as the most signifcant concerns for Migrant women and ethnic communities?
- What are you/your office doing about these concerns?
- What constitutes a “moderate” muslim?
And, please address my most pressing concern.
- What, on God’s brown earth are Australian Values?
None of these questions would make it on the agenda for March 21st’s meeting. So I’m back to square one with my clothes.