Quite often, I find that women get commented on the choice of clothing they choose to wear. While some people may like the length of a girls clothing to be short; quite a few more people look down on those who wear whats inappropriate to what they expect the standard length of clothing to be.
The word slut has become such a commonly used expression to criticise ones fashion choices that it can make the victim feel dreadful - as if they were the ones to commit such a crime by the dictionary definition of the term. We jump to conclusions based on how one presents them so often that we’ve become part of a greater problem in society.
When I was little, I lived with a family full of boys. I always remember being told to cover up, even though it was hot and tiresome, and I remember being teased by my cousins because my short-sleeved dress did not count as modest. You never wanted people to see too much of yourself, they would say. But how do you draw the line?
Of course it annoyed me, but it also made me feel extremely confused. Why was it that girls were so restricted? Why was there such a gap between the guidelines of what a girl or boy should wear?
As I grew up, I began to find that we have been giving ourselves expectations on how we expect each gender to act and look. Stereotypes are portrayed through every fairy-tale that the princess is weak and powerless, and that the ‘prince’ or ‘knight’ has a duty to save them. The female will generally be described as beautiful, and the male will generally be described as handsome, which is illustrated by showing a very small and petit figure underneath a large flowing dress and a muscular figure shining through tight, shining armour. We don’t even realise how much we’ve grown accustomed to this idea.
In today’s fashion, girls' shorts get frequently described as inappropriate. Those who happen to have a slightly shorter length will be compared with people who sleep with others or take off their clothes for money, and those with longer lengths of shorts will be depicted as ‘uncool’ or a ‘lesbian’- whether or not these terms may apply to the particular person.
Somehow, we have grown used to judging people by what they wear - and women especially. Even in modern culture, females who wear provocative clothing are shown in a worse light than males who portray these women as objects or scenery while they are the subject.
Some people prefer to cover themselves up for the public eye, to question or judge a person from that is plain wrong. Yet when others prefer to wear fewer clothes, we don’t realise that it is just as bad when we jump to conclusions and falsely accuse them with titles that don’t describe them.
When another person’s clothing choice has no effect on anyone else, why do we become so bothered about it? Judge someone by who they are, not by their choice in attire.