Spark Post: Women are decoration?

Gender and Society

[Photograph is a screenshot of a post Amy Sollitti’s tumblr dashboard, the URL of the blog who posted this has been blanked out.
Original screencapped tweet reads: “I have found, in my travels, that men’s razors men’s deodorant, and men’s watches are better than women’s”
Reply tweet reads: “Also their salaries.”
First comment reads: “Also their clothes (pockets, pockets, pockets)”
Second comment (bolded) reads:  “if stuff is made for men, it’s practical and helps them be human beings
if stuff is made for women, it’s pretty and helps them be decoration”
Third comment reads: “you forgot, the stuff made for women is also more expensive” ]


The original tweet and bold comments tie very well back to one of the main ideas of Simone de Beauvoir’s “The Second Sex: Introduction.”  Women are the “other.”  In the text, Beauvoir states that, when describing herself, “I must first of all say ‘I am a woman.'” This is because men are the default.  Men are the real human beings and women are the support staff. women are the ones that take what men give and then stand there, much as the comments in this article point out, for decoration.   Additionally, women are meant to pay the price in order to look the best that they can with as little function as possible.  Men are the default because they are the “breadwinners” and the “heads of the households”, etc.  Most of society, in practice, has not caught up to the fact that women have every need for affordable, practical clothing just as men do.




One thought on “Spark Post: Women are decoration?

  1. subject2interpretation

    Well done. This is an issue I think about often. Our attire (I’m a woman) makes us uncomfortable and immobile and also poor. The most important appendages — hands and feet are decorated in such a way that they operate at only a percentage of capacity. Women can’t make fists or grab things because of nails. Women can’t even wipe their own tears without flattening their fingers (watch Reality TV). And don’t get me started on the feet. Fashion shoes are expensive (men’s are, too, but they can wear the same ones every day and expensive men’s shoes are soft and supple). Women’s shoes prohibit movement and cause pain, if not initially, then certainly by the end of the day. So our feet and hands don’t work as well when we are properly accessorized. Feet and hands! Those are pretty important parts, I’d say. Let alone the fact that we have no usable pockets and must always carry a bag, often an expensive bag. Skirts and pants look good standing but are too tight or short to comfortably sit in and recent fashions require our arms and legs to be bare, which does not work in cold climates or air conditioned offices. But “we” like it, many of us, and we are rewarded for it in work and relationships, maybe not in salary, though.

    Is it all about biology, decorating ourselves to be attractive to the best of the opposite sex — but also at odds with evolved, equally educated, and post-industrial world — modern times? Is it something that remains, regardless?

    Affordable, practical clothing. I have a hard time convincing my daughters that buying a hoodie in the boys/mens section will probably cost less and actually keep them warmer. Being anemic and sensitive to cold I figured out as a child that if I wanted warmth I should buy a coat in the boys section. Girls outerwear was brightly colored, but very thin.

    These days, with electronics, a girl will almost always have her phone in her hand. Sure she may use it, but she also has no place to put it, since they don’t fit in skinny jeans very well. Girls in effect become one-handed. Boys, with those fashionable cargo pants have a place for their phones and I would bet good money that they break less often because of it.

    Great post.


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