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16.1.13

What does your skirt say about you?

Take a look at the image below. Rosea Posey is an 18 year old student studying graphic design at a Canadian university - she created this image as part of a high school project as she wanted to stop people jumping to conclusions when it comes to women and the way they dress. If you read the text on the model's leg from top to bottom you may certainly change your opinion of the photograph, or it may just evoke feelings of anger and confusion. I uploaded this image to Facebook and Twitter today so understand what the unprompted opinion would be; unsuprisingly it was unanimously filled with outrage and confusion that it was a woman that constructed this and put it out in the social space. My personal opinion is that it's very clever indeed, making you think and helping to challenge perceptions by instigating a conversation. Just because you wear a long skirt you're old fashioned? If you wear a short skirt you're a slut? Don't even get me started on 'asking for it'. We all judge people, we all judge the way they dress, we all judge strangers walking down the street and make assumptions that are totally unfounded - but does this image help counteract perceptions, or just reinforce them? I don't have the answer, but I'd love to know your thoughts.


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  1. I think this is interesting but ultimately quite offensive! Especially the "asking for it" reminds me of the protests to the suggestion that because a woman wears a certain thing, she deserves to be looked at a certain way or even raped.

    I don't think it reinforces that so much as is far too vague in its message.

    Nice post though!

    caperepulchra.blogspot.com xo

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  2. I love this image it in no way angered me and I feel it does counteract perceptions because its one girl with each label. . .in essense its like saying every girl is each of these just based on the legnth of her skirt and it is a great big smack in the face to every person who has judged a girl for what she is wearing xx

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  3. I love the image so much, I love it when artists/designers challenge gender preconceptions and social ideals! I have a real issue when people say women 'ask for it' when they have a short skirt one, and then say they're frigid or whatever when they wear a knee length skirt. Can women never please ANYONE? I'm really tall, so skirts and dresses naturally look shorter on me, and people always tut if I wear a skirt. It makes me feel so self conscious, which I know it shouldnt, as having a short skirt doesn't make you any of those things.

    sophie @ www.sophieetc.com

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  4. That is such a meaning flu message. Guys shouldn't judge females based on how short or long their skirt is they should judge us by our personality

    http://hevastyle.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. Great statement, I don't know how anyone can wear a short skirt! I prefer the ones that come up to your knee and are floaty

    Lauren
    Ashionsw.blogspot.com

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  6. I think this is an interesting picture and it challenges what we (men & women) are probably thinking when they see someone in a short skirt.

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  7. It is totally offensive!

    But what people need to realize is it isn't the artist that is offensive.

    She is forcing people to face an uncomfortable truth about the conceptions that many people in society have. *It is our fellow man, and possible ourselves who are offensive*

    So what are we going to do about it? Unfortunately most won't do anything, except maybe direct their misplace anger at the artist. But maybe others will step back and think about and second guess themselves when they go to make a snap judgement and hopefully they will be vocal when others do too.

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  8. I think this is a fantastic image, and I've been seeing it float around the web for quite some time now.

    It really forces you to have a look at your own judgements and how you - and the world at large - judge women's clothes; I know personally that I've judged women, and quite harshly too.

    It just makes you realise how arbitrary and stupid the whole "skirt length as a sign on 'virtue'" thing is.

    Garen

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