A dose of good-old-fashioned sexism

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.

Ahem.

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?

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12 thoughts on “A dose of good-old-fashioned sexism

  1. Wow. Just wow. I would almost consider this sexual harassment. Women are being pressured into revealing their bodies in ways they mightn’t be comfortable with and in ways that definitely shouldn’t have to. Can’t women even go to an amusement park now without being sexualised? Why aren’t they encouraging men to flash some leg and “showcase their beauty in Summer”?

    • Haha couldn’t agree more! If you’re going to have one gender ‘showcase their beauty’ then you have to let allow other gender do it too. Otherwise you’re promoting the exact definition of sexism. The whole ‘program’ is absolutely disgraceful.
      Thankyou for your comment!

  2. Great points here in this post. I’m actually quite shocked they’ve made a rule like that. It’s ridiculous and shameful. There are so many displays of sexism in various parts of the world now. While these women are being coerced into showing their skin, in India, recently women were beaten up by the so called ‘moral police’ for being dressed indecently. These things make me want to throw up. Seriously. What’s a woman supposed to do eventually when sexism rules her everyday life. Gross, seriously gross.

    • That’s the sad thing. Sexism is everywhere and yet some women either deny it or engage in such behaviors that promote it. The women participating in the amusement park program in China are equally to blame. Rather than standing up for themselves and womenkind their actions in participating have wider repercussions and send a negative message to other women. The whole scenario disgusts me.
      I haven’t heard specifically of the ‘moral police’ in India, but I have read many cases of similar ‘police’ in other parts of Asia and the Middle East. When I hear such stories it honestly brings a tear to my eye.
      I’m not sure if you’ll be interested, but there is a up and coming program called the ‘everyday sexism project’. They’re very small but I feel send a very positive message and show to women that sexism does exist (in all shapes and sizes) and we shouldn’t stay silent about it. If you’re interested, the link to it is: http://www.everydaysexism.com/
      Thank you for reading my post and commenting. =)

      • I know what you mean. In so many cases, women don’t figure out that something is sexist. Like in this case in China, I think some women wouldn’t even notice that there’s something wrong about being told to wear shorter skirts to enter unless they are made to actually think about it. It happens in so many cases.
        The so called ‘moral police’ in India is not an actual group or anything. But some pig-headed men think they are upholding ‘Indian tradition’ by making sure women don’t dress in western clothing, don’t party etc. So in some shocking cases, women who have done these apparently ‘disgusting’ things have been beaten up. Terrible situations. Even in India, some women think they are doing something wrong if they wear western clothes etc. These sexist acts have been going on for so long that women start to think that they are normal.
        I will check out that website :).
        Loved your post. I’ll be back later to check out your blog 😀

  3. This is ridiculous, China clearly hasn’t got the memo about corporate resonsibility but then again by the looks of it it hasn’t got the memo about equal rights either. Looking into the article you linked to I noticed that there’s something you perhaps overlooked in you rage.

    “…while another irate commenter Zhang Quan said to China Daily ,”I will never allow my wife or sister to wear such short skirts for cheaper tickets, it sounds bad to me.” ”

    Good Job Zhang Quan, you stick up for women by telling your wife and sister what they can and can’t wear.

    Although I find it pretty appalling what this park is doing what I find even more appalling is the fact that China is still so far behind on the issue of gender equality. It’s commonly accepted that a man is able to abuse his wife, the authorities often see it as a ‘family’ matter and don’t do anything about it. Women don’t leave their husbands because they feel a social responsibility(pressure) to their family.

    It’s just shit, I can’t stand how backwards the world is sometimes, It’s such a ridiculous problem to have in the 21st century.

    • Irvs, finally something you and I agree on!
      I looked back at the article and I saw the quote, it was clearly something I missed in my rage. The guys comments just showcase even further how behind China is and the low regard men have for women. The whole situation is just completely backward and leaves me speechless and angry.
      I feel it’s just more reason for people who have grown up in more (albeit not completely) gender equal cultures to raise their voices and make people aware of the issues in a hope to one day eradicate them.
      Thank you for your comments. =)

    • Yes! The women who are participating in the ‘program’ I feel are equally to ‘blame’. Their actions send a message louder than words and have repercussions in other facets of life. When I read about it, I was equally stunned that someone would run such a campaign and then that someone would participate in it. The whole thing is just disgraceful and leaves you speechless.

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