The Balancing Act of Being Female; Or, Why We Have So Many Clothes

“What I like about the image is the way it very clearly illustrates two things.  First, it reveals that doing femininity doesn’t mean obeying a single, simple rule. Instead, it’s about occupying and traveling within a certain space.  In this case, usually between “proper” and “flirty.”  Women have to constantly figure out where in that space they’re supposed to be.  Too flirty at work mean’s you won’t be taken seriously; too proper at the bar and you’re invisible.  Under the right circumstances e.g., Halloween, a funeral, you can do “cheeky” or “old fashioned.”

via The Balancing Act of Being Female; Or, Why We Have So Many Clothes » Sociological Images.

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