It might be the 21st century but that doesn’t mean that everyone in the world has embraced women’s rights, especially when it comes to what clothes they can or cannot wear. Who says women have to wear or not wear skirts, pants or skimpy sleeveless shirts? Other items banned included dresses, leggings, makeup, underwear, and religious based clothing. Why can’t they choose what they want?
There are places in the world that feel like they can tell women how to dress. Ugandan women for example have been fighting for the freedom to be allowed to wear whatever they want. In England, girls were pulled out of classes and subsequently sent home because the school’s headmaster felt that they were all wearing skirts that were short and inappropriate.
The school defended their decision by stating that they were simply preparing the girls so that they didn’t have to deal with sexual harassment when they entered the workforce. Really?
Now they are okay with it. I graduated too many years earlier. Sad face now.
If that wasn’t bad enough, one teacher in the U.S. told two girls that leggings shouldn’t be worn in school ground because it tended to distract boys. If girls can’t wear tight clothes, then boys shouldn’t be allowed to go shirtless while playing football during P.E. Well…
It took centuries before women were able to give up those long “Gone With The Wind” type gowns. Who would have thought that in places like Egypt, women would still be banned from wearing pants? But that’s not the worst of it. There are places where wearing undergarment is considered a barrier between them and God. It’s not surprising in Kenya for them to restrict undergarments that are considered too “loose” for a teenage girl. But would you believe that it is even happening in places like England?
But even wearing too much seems to draw criticism. Burqas are a subject of a lot of debate. A lot of women’s right campaigns are fighting to liberate women in the Middle East from using Burqas, which cover women from head to toe. Now you have some Muslim women who don’t believe in wearing them either while others believe that they should have the right to choose. But there are others who simply see it as a part of their cultural heritage. So who are we to judge what they should or should not wear? If a Muslim woman is living abroad but chooses to respect her heritage it is her right and should not be forced to take it off simply because a specific society says it isn’t right.
Fashion critics are just as bad as school headmaster or even close-minded governments. They are always telling people how bad they look because they are “too fat.” Personally I give kudos to any plus size woman out there who can make a tight dress work. Still there are clothing items that women have been banned from using through peer pressure in 2014. Skinny jeans can’t be worn by women over 40 or those who have a little extra on the hips, tummy, or butt. Right? Wrong! The term skinny jeans isn’t meant to reflect that a specific type of woman can wear them. It basically means that these jeans will be skin-tight on you, not loose and baggy. Being plus-sized doesn’t mean you have to wear a purple moo-moo with little flowers. There are different styles of tight clothes that can look flattering, even sexy on a full figured woman.
Sleeveless tops don’t make you a “lady of the night” so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Shave your pits (or not) and raise your hands to the sky without feeling guilty about it.
It’s clothes! What’s the big deal? What gives anyone the right to judge or police what people are wearing based on religion, body shape, or age? Like the “It’s my party” song goes, “It’s my body and I’ll dress how I want to. You would do too if you had a body like me.” Yeah I changed the lyrics but you get a jest of it. It is your money. Spend it how you want to.