I’ve mentioned before that I like reading The Simple Dollar. It’s a blog about personal finance and frugality, but there are also posts about other things as well. This week in his Ten Pieces of Inspiration, he put up the following picture
This was taken in Minneapolis circa 1946.
I tell you, I can’t stop looking at this picture. Two teenage girls. And yes! They’re in dresses. Because all women and girls used to wear dresses all the time.
Times have certainly changed haven’t they?
I have to admit I find the comparison between this photo and how modern teenage girls are depicted in media and encouraged to dress to be so jarring. And it isn’t just teens today, we’ve been going in this direction for a long time. I just cannot believe how different our society has become. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect my daughters to dress just like the girls in the above photo. I’m ok with fashion changes. But the level of deterioration in overall wholesome femininity just seems staggering to me.
I know that I recognized the deterioration in myself, when I realized that I felt completely uncomfortable in feminine dress, and this is a big reason why I started this blog. I knew that somewhere along the way something was stamped out of me, and I wanted it back. There is a way to be feminine and lovely without exploiting one’s sexuality. (And BTW, it doesn’t always have to be in a skirt. But there are lots and lots of women out there who never ever wear skirts or dresses and that makes no sense.)
If you are a gal who never ever wears a skirt or dress, I really think you should ask yourself why and try it. And not for a wedding or baptism, but for something simple. What is it about looking distinctly “girl” or “woman” that makes you so uncomfortable?
In addition to this, I think it is important that none of us become apathetic about the exploitation of girls and women. It’s ubiquitous at this point, and I have a real urgency to make sure my daughters and son know the TRUTH. That a female’s worth is not defined as a series of “good looking” body parts.
What do you think?
Have a wonderful day!