The hyper-sexualization of women is quickly spiraling out of control. Women are constantly shamed for how they look. If we dress in clothes and bathing suits that fully cover our bodies, then we are labeled as “prudes” or “unfashionable”, but if we keep up with trends that happen to show off a little more skin, we are labeled as “sluts” and told that we are “looking for male attention”.
It’s bad enough that men are weighing it on how we can and can’t look and what we can and can’t do with our bodies, but to have fellow women shaming us for enjoying a fun, summery fashion trend such as cheeky bathing suit bottoms? The situation is absolutely terrible.
Women are people, not sexual objects as we are taught to believe from too young of an age. This is a problem that CAN be fixed, but in order to keep building women up and fighting stereotypes, we have to stop tearing each other down and commenting like women are objects. Where is the line between owning your sexuality and letting others exploit it? Women can be sexy and still be respected just like men.
I want to live in a world where both men and women are equal. Women can breastfeed their infants without coverups on hot days. They can run and play on a beach shirtless feeling safe just like children. And they are not responsible for the actions of others that try to bring them down by saying how they dress is “asking for it”. It has to start with us. We women need to stand together. We need to stop putting each other down due to our beliefs, jealousy, or fear. A beautiful sexy women CAN be powerful. She can be intelligent. She can be a leader. Beauty and sex appeal do not have anything to do with how professional you are. How much or how little of yourself you want to show the world does not define you.