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Women and Clothing: Judgement Day

I stumbled across an article online while following a trail of funny articles and this one article caught my attention:

“NFL CHEERLEADERS WHO SHOULD PUT ON MORE CLOTHES”

http://www.rantsports.com/clubhouse/2013/09/22/15-nfl-cheerleaders-who-should-put-on-more-clothes/

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Credit:  Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

Now my first instinctual reaction was “oh helllllll no” but I like to give people the benefit of the doubt so I wanted to read the article and see what the points were.  I already knew they would be someone’s personal opinion which I respect, but healthily disagree with.  However I was not expecting this person to have such a weak argument.  Not only do they make it known that they are judging these gorgeous women on the clothing they wear, and make it a “game” to imagine them with personalities, but they also almost praise the women for working so hard on their bodies.  So is it really not okay?

I understand that he’s trying to make people focus on what is important in the long run, and that this is his own opinion, but I definitely see some problematic word choices in this man’s argument.

“I would like those who look at these ladies to make a fun game out of inventing accomplishments and personalities for them. It would be a great exercise to help people focus more on what’s important.”

1. Judgement of women by choice of clothing. 

Being judged by your clothing is something that women have to put up with, and something I have had to put up with numerous times.  Personally I am not one to wear clothing that reveals much of my skin, maybe every once in a while, but that is mostly because I’m in a leotard based on the fact that I do gymnastics.  But every once in a while I’ll make the trek across campus in my practice short shorts and get a few looks, even though short shorts are fairly common on a college campus.  However, that doesn’t mean I’m going to judge someone, who LOVES wearing their short shorts.  It’s part of the clothing available to women vs clothing available to men, which does, in fact, create a strange circle in that the clothing readily available to women is apparently not acceptable to be worn. (please explain this to me).  If you make the point that a woman should be more modest in clothing and they won’t be judged as harshly then I present to you the judgement of a woman wearing a hijab.  Preconceived notions plague the world.

2.  Uniform

I can’t tell you about their actual accomplishments and personalities because unfortunately, I don’t know who they are.
Read more at http://www.rantsports.com/clubhouse/2013/09/22/15-nfl-cheerleaders-who-should-put-on-more-clothes/?qtSdTx0yOWcuYrdl.99

My second point is something that clearly this man does not realize.  This is their uniform.  These outfits that they are wearing are what they are required to wear.  If you have a problem with them, you shouldn’t be taking it out on them, but perhaps the team, or at least the management of the team who produces their uniforms (which of course isn’t what people first think of).  You shouldn’t be judging the uniforms first of all, but assuming that these women dress like this all the time is another thing entirely. Are these women nothing more than a uniform? Not to mention the issue with womens’ uniforms in general being sexualized in comparison but that’s even another tangent to go talk about.

3.   “I can’t tell you about their actual accomplishments and personalities because unfortunately, I don’t know who they are.”

Then why are you telling us about what they should or shouldn’t do?

 

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Other problems with his argument:

This man looks at the women in these photos and compares them to a figurative daughter to get his point across.  When he tries to make his point about the “godless heathens” who will look at these photos for pleasure he doesn’t take into context that those men aren’t seeing their “daughters” in these women, but objects of sexuality.  (not to mention that men who want to look at attractive women are NOT godless heathens in any way, because that’s just natural)

“Now I’m not trying to be judgemental here…”

Oh?

“I understand these women are adults and can do whatever they want.  They are clearly proud of their bodies and have every right to walk along the line of public nudity.  I just hope they understand that when they dress this way, there are some men out there, and even say, very impure things about them.”

Thank you for that.  All womankind was clearly not aware of people judging what they wear.  And you clearly aren’t included in the “some men” category.  In conclusion I’d like to explore the comments the author left under the photos:

 

“Washington Red Skins? More like Washington Bare Skins.”

“J-E-T-S! Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!”

“Serves her right.” (a photo of a woman engulfed in some mascots mouth)

“You know who else forms a circle and chants things? Witches.”

“Minnesota:  The Land of 10,000 Hussies.”

“Go, Fight, Win? More like Go, Put On, A Jacket”

“These ladies are never going to meet a nice boy wearing outfits like that.”

“Oh, say can you see, where the rest of my skirt went?”
“When you dress like this expect to be chased by giant animals.”

“How else was Miley supposed to turn out?”

“What happened to a good old pair of sweatpants?”

“While you’re down there, maybe you should pray for some clothes.”

Something needs to change.

I can’t tell you about their actual accomplishments and personalities because unfortunately, I don’t know who they are.
Read more at http://www.rantsports.com/clubhouse/2013/09/22/15-nfl-cheerleaders-who-should-put-on-more-clothes/?qtSdTx0yOWcuYrdl.99
I can’t tell you about their actual accomplishments and personalities because unfortunately, I don’t know who they are.
Read more at http://www.rantsports.com/clubhouse/2013/09/22/15-nfl-cheerleaders-who-should-put-on-more-clothes/?qtSdTx0yOWcuYrdl.99
I can’t tell you about their actual accomplishments and personalities because unfortunately, I don’t know who they are.
Read more at http://www.rantsports.com/clubhouse/2013/09/22/15-nfl-cheerleaders-who-should-put-on-more-clothes/?qtSdTx0yOWcuYrdl.99
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3 thoughts on “Women and Clothing: Judgement Day

  1. I love this!! I read the article and it was just plain bullsh*t. Instead of blaming and shaming women why not take on the patriarchal society that creates these standards and cycles of objectification.

  2. I love how he’s like: there will be those terrible men who find this just to look at these terrible women, but I am not one of them and they should not do that! Then why the hell did you collect a bunch of pictures of women you don’t want men to look at and then make the cover of the article look really appealing to them?

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