Friday, January 18, 2013

Skirt Length Matters


Rosea Lake, a first year student at Capilano University in Vancouver, has posted a photo that was part of an art project she did last year in high school. The photo depicts a shapely woman's leg with labels from top to bottom. The labels relate skirt length to the perceptions that many in our society have of women who dress in such a way. So at the top is "whore" and at the bottom is "matronly" and in the middle, at the knee, is "proper". A thermometer of sexuality.

The response to this thought-provoking photo has been enormous. It has gone viral and women from around the world are responding. With the rape culture in other countries putting the blame on victims for not only the way they dress, but even for where they go and with whom, this attention on women's hemlines and sexuality encourages us to join the discussion and examine our own attitudes about the ways women from around the world choose to dress.