The source was from the unpopular opinions blog. The worst thing about that post from that blog is it’s not an unpopular opinion, yet everyone reblogging it probably feels like some sort of radical. No, you’re very banal. Over 85,000 people read that garbage with you and liked or reblogged it. You’re following dominant ideology. Wake the fuck up.
As for the blog, it seems to often substitute tone for substance, empowering people to think less. My blog, transfeminist blogs, socialist blogs, or any blog based on dissent, would be more aptly named the unpopular opinion. It’s quite an irony.
I certainly don’t agree with how many young girls dress now a days (meaning how they dress “sexy” even at a young age becuase they have been sucked into out society’s teaching of what girls should aspire to be like, and women’s value being in their sex appeal), but what’s more important is that women should be free to wear what they want, how they want, without fear of being ridiculed or raped because of what they wear.
There’s a lot of talk, even among girls now a days, about how “people just don’t take care/present themselves like they used to”, a notion that I’ve heard so much in my young life from many people online, in my schools, even some family and friends. And it’s a notion that is misguided. Much of what’s left to us from those past eras which so many use as examples were glorified, idealized versions of what those times were really like; the media. movies, TV shows, etc. These sources almost always base their appearances on upper-middle classes, who could afford nicer things. But even then, most mornings they didn’t wake up and plan the day’s eye-catching, flattering, classy outfit. They did what most of us do still today; wake up, pick out some things from our closet that went together well enough and threw them on.
These sources also completely fail to represent the majority of people who couldn’t afford the nicer clothes/makeup/shoes, so on. Nor do they accurately record that women in particular were much more limited in their choices, and restricted by what society expected of them.
One of the last big hurtles for women in fashion is that they get blamed for others actions in respect to what they wear. Mainly, of course, that women are “asking for it” if they wear something that is deemed too risque. Women should not have to think about others’ reactions to what they decide to cloth themselves in.
But, to go on a little side point, I feel that there’s a lot that need to be done for men on this topic. Women can wear pretty much whatever they’d like now a days without an eyebrow being raised. They can be extremely “girly”, have a wardrobe full of “men’s” clothes, or somewhere in the mix. A man cannot wear something “designed for a woman” without getting called a fag, or ridiculed similarly. It’s much more socially upsetting for a man of the heterosexual persuasion to wear something designated to just women, because that lessens his value as a man; it makes him a woman.
My husband is a rather free spirit, and is much more liberal with “just being himself” than many other guys I know. Being himself also includes painting his toenails, wearing a sundress, putting some frilly clips in his hair, and sometimes makeup in a way that’s typically designated for women. He has just as much “womens’” clothes in his wardrobe as he does “mens’”. But he doesn’t usually go out in the more girly stuff, even if he wants to. Because it would take away from his social portrayal as a man.
Things need to change for both genders, here.