Antithodoxy

Sexism and the summer dress

Last month, The New York Times published Long Live the Dress (for Now), in which the author laments the predicted demise of the dress. I responded with this letter to the editor, which was published last Thursday:

To the Editor:

I was disappointed to read “Long Live the Dress (for Now).” Mr. Trebay treats women like decorative objects who wear dresses for the benefit of men. In a culture that constantly objectifies women, it is disturbing to read an article that reduces women to objects of the male gaze.

I also disagree with the fashion director who remarked that dresses allow women more time to “concentrate on who you’re voting for for president” by simplifying wardrobe choices.

The notion that women can’t concentrate on both politics and what they’re going to wear the next day is insulting. Men wear trousers and yet they don’t seem to have this problem, so why should women?

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May 16, 2008 - Posted by | Sexism | , , ,

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