Yes, it’s happened again.
Another woman has worn something which has made people lose their minds.
Let’s try to think of the last time a man wore something and the press drove themselves insane psychoanalysing why.
I’ve attached the article below, but first let me get down to what annoys me about it and the whole debate that’s whirling around it:
1. This would NEVER have happened if a man had turned up to an award ceremony wearing an outfit which “left little to the imagination”. Besides taking pictures, perhaps commenting on how ‘toned’ they’re looking, I doubt people would very much care.
We’re not even entering the maelstrom of why it’s all right for a man to go topless but not a woman.
2. And most importantly, why does something have to be a “feminist statement” or a fashion choice? Why do we really care so much? Can’t it just be about a woman going to an awards ceremony wearing a glittery dress?
Or just a dress?
Many of you will remember how the media lost their minds when Jennifer Lopez wore this outfit:
(Sidenote: does this take you guys back or what?!)
Seriously, I’d be interested to see what you come up with.
Try and think about the last time we went this crazy when a man wore something in public. Nobody cares if it’s a man.
Why are we losing our minds just because there are breasts involved?
It isn’t progress to view occasions like this as a feminist victory or statement.
We will have moved on as a society when our media thinks the way most of us do: that it is not news if a woman wears a dress. It isn’t news if she doesn’t. It just is. She is a human being, wearing things. Let’s calm down and move on, and just let them be. It isn’t a feminist statement, it just is.
It’s absurdly patronising to talk about a woman without make-up as somehow bold. Does that mean wearing make-up makes you weak? Seriously?
Just because someone is going through a divorce, doesn’t mean she is brave for going to a market with her children (Amy Poehler and Will Arnett). Where are the photos of how “brave” Will Arnett is being, going out in public? Going shopping?
Just let it be what it is.
I happen to think Rihanna looks amazing, because the colour of her dress makes her glow, and the turban is really beautiful too. J.Lo’s dress was gorgeous and I love those colours. Most people would say the same thing.
Why is our media suddenly taking it to extremes?
More headlines like “Woman wears dress to awards show” and less “Young artist, misunderstood by everyone, bears all in brave display of feminist bravado”, please.
Which of course isn’t to say she isn’t a feminist, she is. It just doesn’t make everything she does a show of her feminist strength.
She’s wearing a dress because she likes it. By saying it’s something more than it is, we’re actually reversing any steps we’re attributing to Rihanna’s ‘feminism’.
If all of these ‘headlines’ we’re talking about are really doing as much for feminism as the media says they are, then why do we need to keep making every action taken by a woman as a feminist act? Why can’t it just be a thing that a human being does, because surely that’s when we see progress – when your gender doesn’t matter, it’s what you do with your life?
Here’s an article published in ‘The Independent’, a British newspaper, yesterday. I’d recommend you read all the linked stories too, just in case you’re not familiar with all of these stories, like me: