The expectation of women in TV news to appear exactly as viewers want them to normalizes the commodification of a woman’s (ANY woman’s) appearance. Image: KTLA/screenshot.

Women Aren't Mannequins: Liberté Chan, KTLA, And The Sweater

Liberté Chan, a weather anchor at KTLA in Los Angeles, was handed a sweater by her male co-anchor and told to cover up on-air because of these types of viewer emails. People watching her weather report determined that her dress, which showed her arms, was too revealing. This is ironic, because so many of us who have worked in news have felt a trend toward wearing less and less clothing.