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November 16, 2004

Blogging Stewardress "Queen of Sky" Fired For Posting Sexy Pictures

The Times article:

Ms. Simonetti has operated a Web log since January, calling it Diary of a Flight Attendant, and she says she did not hear from Delta about the site, http://queenofsky.journalspace.com, until after she posted a set of provocative photos of herself in her Delta uniform. In one photograph, her skirt is hiked to mid-thigh as she perches along a seatback on an empty airliner. In another, she is leaning over the seats, her blouse unbuttoned, exposing part of her bra. Ms. Simonetti said she posted those photographs because she thought they made her look pretty.

"Gosh, it's a little tiny sliver of my bra, it's not like a bright red push-up bra," she said. "It's not like I worked the flight like that."

But Ms. Simonetti said her supervisor called her on Oct. 29 and said she was being terminated for "inappropriate photos in a Delta uniform." Since then, Ms. Simonetti has filed a sex-discrimination complaint against Delta with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and is threatening to sue Delta for $10 million, claiming other employees, primarily men, have their photographs posted on the Web in uniform and are not fired for it. The airline declined to comment on the case.

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The women's movement played a large role in the elimination of the overt sexualization of flight attendants like those portrayed in National Airlines' 1974 television ad featuring attractive stewardesses beckoning mostly male business travelers to "Fly Me" and Continental Airlines' similar invitation to ogle the flight attendants, with its promise, "We Really Move Our Tail For You."

"Airlines discovered they were on the wrong side of that issue 20 years ago," Mr. Verkerke said. "They've gotten religion. And deeply ingrained in their corporate culture and human relations practices is an aversion to that kind of sexualization."

This change is welcomed by many in the profession, said Tim Kirkwood, a flight attendant for 27 years and author of "The Flight Attendant Job Finder and Career Guide" (Planning/Communications, 2003)." Flight attendants over the years have fought hard to get rid of the image of the sexy stewardess," he said after reviewing Diary of a Flight Attendant, "and it does tend to regress back to that a bit."

Oh, grow up. As the Diceman said, they're flyin' whores.

Okay, just kidding. But come on. The left seems to be gung-ho evangelists for sex until a chick wants to show off her bra a little. And then it's some sort of federal offense.

I mean, on one hand they simply will not stop with telling us we have to be more open sexually. On the other hand, if a woman acts a little sexy, they scream about sexism and the like. Just who is it we're supposed to be more open sexually with, exactly, if not for a woman acting sexy?

Oh.... Right. Gotcha.

Here's her site.

Here are the photos that started the commotion. They're pretty tame.


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