A few weeks ago I happened across this article about how difficult it is to find non-sexualized clothing for young girls, suitable for active play and getting dirty.
Then I found this image on Facebook that says:
When you interrupt a girl’s school day to force her to change clothes or to send her home because her shorts are short or her bra straps are visible, you are telling her that hiding her body is more important than her education. You are telling her that making sure the boys have a distraction-free learning environment is more important than her education. You are telling her that boys are more entitled to an education than she is.
And suddenly I’m wondering how no one I’m reading is drawing the parallels from the current slut-shaming trends in schools to Islamic purdah? (Purdah, if you aren’t familiar with the term is what they call separating out the women so the men can’t see them, either physically or with clothing, in Islamic countries or parts of India and other places.)
The fashion industry is decreeing that all clothes should be short and tight and revealing, and in order to be ‘pretty’ you must wear those clothes. Then other segments of society tell the girls that if they wear those clothes that they are slutty and don’t deserve respect.
Anyone else see the problem here?
School administrators are telling girls that the way they dress is distracting to boys. That attitude, that men can’t really control themselves when faced with attractive women? Is what keeps the stories of horrific rapes in India rolling through our newsfeeds. It’s one of the ways they justify requiring burkas, or abayas in the Middle East. It keeps girls out of boys schools, which often keeps them out of school all together.
It reinforces the idea that boys are better and more important.
Try a search of Huffington Post, generally regarded as a reasonable information source, and look for ‘objectification’.
Or watch the awesome Laci Green:
We are on a very, very slippery social slope. Let’s not let this continue.