It seems that many people have forgotten—in this era of regressive and misogynistic laws about birth control and fetus ‘personhood’—but women have the right to this little thing called bodily autonomy. That is, just like men, we have the right to do whatever we damn well please with our bodies. This includes larger issues like the choice to have an abortion, to smaller things like having the liberty to dress our bodies however we see fit.
You would think that people would have grasped by now that there is nothing inherently shameful, sexual, degrading, immoral or questionable about women wearing revealing clothing. Yet this year’s Met Gala brought all the low-key misogynists crawling out the woodwork—entertainment reporters and your average twat on social media alike—making judgments about how Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian-West and Zoe Kravitz were basically repping for Satan by daring to show up in dresses that were see-through in parts. Never mind that the theme of the evening was “China: Through The Looking Glass” and the repetitive sheerness was most likely inspired by this.
Isn’t the sexist assumption that flesh equals ‘trashy’ over yet? Take a moment to consider what the implication of that mode of thinking is. It basically says that a woman’s body is in and of itself a ‘bad’ thing. That it is meant to be covered, that it is not ‘suitable’ for others’ eyes, lest they be tainted by the danger a woman’s body holds. It is infuriating to see the same ideas trotted out over and over again: a ‘real woman’ should never do this, a ‘real woman’ should never do that. In the words of Janelle Monae, “get off my areola” and leave our bodies be.