Now, this was not the topic of the article in question - rather, the article was raising questions on the competencies of the minister following some gaffe in Afghanistan. But the question of the slutty-date, who dared to wear a dress with a cleavage was a good point in case, showing - no, proving - the man's faults (after all, she was just a woman, so besides her looks, there's not much to comment on her...).
The other day, a female colleague complained about how students comment on her sense of fashion in the course evaluations. I mean, that's minor compared to the above-mentioned date's cleavage! But, after all, it comes down to the same thing: women's outfits are scrutinized and must conform to a particular 'common sense' if the woman is to be deemed as 'serious'.
And while I'm not a proponent of wearing your sexy mini-skirt when you teach or going nude to the sworn-in ceremony, I still find it deeply disturbing that a woman remains judged first and foremost through her looks and her sexuality; that her public persona is regulated by norms based on this omnipresent sexuality. No matter what, she cannot get rid of that sexuality, looming like a Damocles' sword above her head, following her wherever she goes as a reminder that she is, above all, a sexual being...
She walks in beauty, like the night
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