I suspect I was very wrong about something – and I am delighted about it.
For months now, I’ve been flabbergasted by how the “kids of today” dress.
I know it sounds awfully Mother Grundy-ish, but I’ve been really
concerned by what they’re – seemingly willingly – doing to themselves.
those of you who don’t have access to late teens and early
twenty-somethings, let me fill you in: the dress code for young women
today seems to include anything under the sun – as long as it doesn’t
flatter them and shows enough skin to make even the most virile man run for a towel to cover them up.
I’m talking the shortest shorts, the skinniest skinny jeans (or tights worn as pants, heaven forbid!) the most awkward dress shapes and the most hideous and terribly unforgiving tops.
in my day, people also wore tiny cut-off jean shorts and cropped tank
tops. But those people were called Kate Moss and Claudia Schiffer.
mindbogglingly, even the most, how can I put it… unathletic, vertically
challenged girls walk around with their thighs matter-of-factly
bursting from too small shorts and their bellies casually wobbling like
great, soft puddings.
At first, after many double takes, I began
to think: “ag shame man. Peer pressure”. Then I began to think “ag
shame man. Have they no friends?” Then I started thinking “ag shame man.
Don’t they have MIRRORS?”
But then, last night, finally after
months of my brain working through thousands of visual cues and
information, it suddenly hit me:
Can it be that these young women
know exactly what they look like and are fine with it? Can it be that
this generation, who were raised by mothers who suffered severely under
the yoke of body fascism are rejecting the burden of perfection? Can it
be that these girls are spitting in the face of the ideal body and
claiming their right to fashion, to vanity, and to sex no matter what
shape they’re in?
If Lena Dunham could have the audacity to appear naked in her own show, and in her own less than perfect body,
thereby offending the poor innocent viewers by not looking like a
model, don’t you think it’s time we start freeing our own thoughts from
the bizarre judgment we’re brainwashed into?
I hope these kids
of today keep on dressing with the wild abandon they’re currently
embracing. At the very least, an entire generation of young boys will
grow up knowing that women come in different shapes and sizes.
Or am I wrong?
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