Oppression is cooking being “women’s work,” while the overwhelming majority of top restaurant chefs being male.
Oppression is fashion being a “silly girl thing,” while the top earning designers and CEOs in fashion being male.
Oppression is reducing women to consumers profiting a male system, even in fields that we supposedly dominate.
AMEN! I talk about this in women studies class all the time
i wanna dress like a post-apocalyptic rebel leader who beheads her enemies while taking shots of whiskey but then again i also want to dress like a very feminine little girl that frolics through fields of lovely flowers,
my struggle is real
LEGITIMATELY MY CURRENT WARDROBE PROBLEM.
that and money to buy clothes, but yes
Women’s closets are often mocked as a form of self-indulgence, shop-a-holicism, or narcissism. But this isn’t fair. Instead, if a woman is class-privileged enough, they reflect an (often unarticulated) understanding of just how complicated the rules are. If they’re not class-privileged enough, they can’t follow the rules and are punished for being, for example, “trashy” or “unprofessional.” It’s a difficult job that we impose on women and we’re all too often damned-if-we-do and damned-if-we-don’t.
Lisa Wade (via thefemcritique)
Yep, I have clothes I only wear for job interviews & meetings. I don’t even like them, but I know I need them to get ahead in my career.
Never really thought about this until I started buying clothes to wear to court. Then I added some shoes to make those court clothes good for nights out, and other shoes to make my casual-but-not-too-casual clothes work appropriate. And then I bought stuff (shoes and accessories) to make my court clothes double as slightly-flirty nights out clothes. (Because my nights out aren’t all that provocative, or super flirty, anyway.) And then I’m staring into my closet like, …Where the hell did all this shit come from?! Here’s the answer.
Also the reason why women will look at what looks like a closet full of stuff and say “there’s nothing here for me to wear”. They really do mean it; there’s nothing there that they can wear that will count as “suitable for the occasion”.
Not to mention that most women of size that I know, myself included, are constantly fluctuating in size and shape. So even though I have $200 worth of clothes from my job last summer, my hips are wider/waist is narrower/breasts are smaller and a lot of it no longer fits in a way that’s professionally acceptable
and then men wanna shit all over women for shopping or owning a ton of shoes
It’s also industry specific. I’ve worked as a Banker, Traders assistant and an Accounts assistant and in all of those jobs i’ve had to dress for the job. I now work in IT and I love it. I work in an office full of guys and not a single one of them gives a shit about what I wear to work. It’s liberating.
Dear every manufacturer of women’s clothing, ever:
Faux pockets are an abomination. If you’re going to bother putting pocket flaps on something, add the G-d damn pockets.
And make the pockets deeper, you soulless bastards.
Also: zippers that are wider than a hair, please, and put the buckles of shoes on the inside of the ankles. Seriously, I am a grown woman and I would like to be able to get dressed by my goddamn self.