This is a great article, So right, women need to be seen AND heard. Really for all women and girls, next time that are about to put on some item of clothing that looks good but restricts your movement, think of this article. I have written about a similar concept with high heels – a design concept reflecting the sexual position of the foot whilst having intercourse (that’s the seen part) and designed to restrict movement. I think that they have also been designed to show women looking stupid with many not being able to walk properly whilst they are wearing them!
A few years ago, I had a professor explain the history of women’s inhabitations of space. We weren’t talking about outer space; stars, galaxies, and whatnot. We were talking about physical and intellectual space.
Historically, women’s outfits were designed to physically inhabit large spaces (think Victorian era ballgowns) and to draw attention to a woman’s appearance. These outfits took hours to put on and prepare and while they physically took up space (drawing attention to women), women were still restricted by them. These outfits physically restricted women and limited them to inhabiting physical space as opposed to intellectual space.
Sound confusing? It kind of is.. Instead think of it as that saying people used to (and sometimes still) say about kids; “children are meant to be seen and not heard’ and simply replace the word ‘children’ with the word ‘women’. Better?
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