And I’m back on the feminist post writing bandwagon. The misogynist morons of the world can’t help themselves so neither can I.
This time, it’s an amusement park in China who are offering women wearing skirts shorter than 38 centimeters half price entry. Feel free to read that sentence a few times over until it hits home. Once I grasped the situation I spent about 20 minutes doing this:
The whole scenario begs the question, if women go naked do they get to enter for free? According to the coordinators of this genius ‘love miniskirts’ plan; it’s aim is to “encourage women to showcase their beauty in summer.” Oh give me a bucket!
And the amusement park sure is taking it seriously. Female staffers are policing the entrance gate and measuring skirt lengths with rulers whilst enforcing a strict ‘no dress, no shorts’ policy.
Is this making you vomit yet?
There’s more so brace yourself.
‘Coincidentally’, the park also holds a water splashing festival during the campaign where visitors throw water on one another. Naked bodies and water: always a good G-rated mix. Not sexualized at all. You can read all about it (and more details about the campaign) here.
I honestly don’t even know where to start. The amount of harm this is doing to women’s image, self respect and value is staggering. Women are being objectified and rewarded for showing off their bodies. NOT ONLY ARE WOMEN EXPLOITED AND LEERED AT BY STRANGERS, THEY’RE NOW ENCOURAGED AND EFFECTIVELY PAID FOR IT. SMELLS LIKE PROSTITUTION DON’T YOU THINK? THERE’S NO RESPECT BEING GIVEN TO WOMEN’S THOUGHTS OR OPINIONS JUST THEIR BODIES. WE’RE BACK TO ACCEPTING WOMEN AS NOTHING OTHER THAN SEXUAL OBJECTS THIS IS OBJECTIFICATION AND SEXISM AND AN AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL EXAMPLE OF POST FEMINISM AND LOOK I JUST LOST MY TEMPER EXCUSE ME.
How is it that someone thought this was a good idea? How is it, that this blatant display of sexism and exploitation is allowed to even go on? Why on earth are women participating in this misogynist bullshit campaign? There should be a bloody boycott. Do these women think they’ll gain respect for showing more leg and less brain? Whatever happened to the days we burnt our bras and fought to be viewed as something other than sexual objects that are glared at and abused for a price?
Now those who argue that this is actually good for women, and that we’re ‘benefiting’ from this; I think you need to revaluate your stance. Or at least think about whether this is actually benefiting women in the long run and in the big picture not just in saving us ten bucks today. What is the lesson we’re learning from this and what kind of behaviors are we rewarding here? In defense of this campaign, Catherine Hakim argues that there is inherent power derived from our sex appeal and it is a positive thing for womenkind. She suggests that “erotic capital (a combination of physical and social attractiveness) is more important for women than a college degree.” Has your jaw just dropped as far as mine? It’s more important for a women to be sexy and appealing whilst a man needs to be smart and educated? Yes! My time machine must work because we just stepped back into the 1920s! How dare she demean women, dismiss our intelligence and belittle the need for everything women have fought so hard for!? Excuse me Catherine Hakim but I need a moment to process your ‘opinions’.
Okay I’m back.
Not only is this whole thing crass objectification of women, it’s also disadvantaging men. Equality is about being treated the same. Let’s apply the Caitlin Moran Rule of Feminism, aka the question ‘Are the men doing it?’ This is Moran’s rule of thumb with a few things, and it is aptly applied here. ‘Are the men dressing down in teeny tiny skirts and subsequently getting discounted entry?’. Mmmm no. Are they getting a discount for going shirtless? Or in short shorts? Surprise surprise the answer is no.
Well why the hell not? Doesn’t that sound unfair?
Men: No shirt, no service. Women: No shirt, no charge.
Well I’m not buying into it. Time to raise our voices and stop putting up with this shit. We need to go back to fighting for equality not voluntarily being sexualized for perks.
Equality: It’s a simple concept. Why aren’t we getting any closer to reaching it?