Are these portrayals meant to be graduate students of consenting age? Hell no, they’re not. They’re wearing a parody of the uniforms once worn by girls in religious middle and high schools. A uniform so highly sexualized that most religious institutions now require students to wear khaki pants. Try to make those sexy, creeps.
Girls Want To Look Pretty In Order To Attract Men
Recently, Stranger Things and IT have given us a crop of talented young actors entering the public eye, which can be a nightmare for those actors. Mara Wilson wrote a great piece for Elle about the way 13-year-old Millie Bobby Brown is discussed in the public. Here’s an article from The Today Show‘s website which pronounces Brown “all grown up” right in the title. But she’s not all grown up. She’s a 13-year-old girl who looks like a very pretty 13-year-old girl. She’s not a sex object; she’s a young girl who put on a nice dress and fun makeup for a movie premiere. She’s following the exact standards her industry demands. She’s wearing Hollywood’s version of a uniform.
So why do we feel the need to pronounce her “all grown up”? It’s because she looks good. There’s a problem with that, and it has nothing to do with her — it’s with us. We think that if a woman is dressing up, it must be to impress a man. So when teenage girls dress up, they must be impersonating grown women in an attempt to entice men. The reality is that there isn’t a separate clothing style for young girls that marks them as not being objects for sexualization. We’re supposed to do that with our grown, adult brains. That’s our job, not theirs. And apparently, we’re bad at it.
Take, for instance, school dress codes. For boys, the dress code is “Are you wearing pants? You’re good.” For girls, it involves a myriad of yeses, nos, and maybes that are almost always enforced by adult men. Even though teaching is a largely female-dominated profession, women are in leadership roles less than 25 percent of the time … which is actually a recent improvement.
This leads to an adult man telling girls in school that they have to go home and change their leggings because men can’t even think straight when they wear them. As if they are dressing with seduction in mind, and not comfort. Remember a few years ago when all those articles were being written about whether it was appropriate for girls and women to wear leggings in public? If not, Google it real quick, and then try not to punch the next human you see.
It was a debate that was quickly settled by women not giving a shit, because leggings are comfortable as hell. They weren’t popularized because they make us look good. Leggings are one of the few instances of comfortable, wearable fashion that have been coming into style lately, along with rompers and, yes I’ll say it, UGG boots. Every winter, people get up in arms about “basic bitches” in their UGG boots and leggings, but guess what? UGGs, and even the cheap knockoff UGGS that I wear, are essentially slippers. It’s winter. Women and girls are cold, and we want to be comfortable, so we dress accordingly.