Okay, and I said i was generally against this sort of thing, so, hmm, how to do this. Well, o.k. Over at Plucky Punk (who is swell), there was this...comment, which i shall leave the name off of. mostly because in a way (ironically enough) this could have been any number of comments i have seen in Feminist Land o'er the last number of months. This one just sort of summed up the bizarro nature of...well, read it yourself. Am I crazy? Or...
[quoting Plucky Punk]
"My body size and shape means I'm more comfortable in skirts and my short calves and flat feet means I'm more comfortable wearing shoes with a heel)"
Well sorry, but that's bullshit. Especially the statement about your feet.
Maybe you're accustomed to wearing high heels and skirts, so you feel ok wearing them. However as a woman with flat feet, short calves and a curvy figure I can say to you that I absolutely can't wear high heels (since my feet start hurting exactly because they're flat) and skirts restrict movement no matter what build you have. Even the wide ones, since you can't do all the stuff you can do in pants.
Yeah, I also like to wear a skirt once in a while and have no problem with a woman dressing feminine. However yes, women do it because of the societal norms which are different for them. So don't try to explain your dress choice (particularly feminine that is) just by your bodily comfort.
Okay. Let's back up for a second. What?...
"My body is built a certain way; this is how I feel."
"Nuh-uh! I have that body, too! I don't feel like that! And you are contradicting the Theory, which I believe in and is therefore True. Therefore, you are WRONG."
...about. how. you. feel.
Okay, I know this can't be just feminism; clearly this particular exchange just strikes me as often as it does because for some masochistic reason i keep hanging around these places, right?
...actually, would that be more or less upsetting? I'm not sure. On the one hand, if it IS something specific to feminism, then, well, i mean i can theorize about why all day and actually have done, and probably will do again, but i mean: i can JOKE about "Borg feminism," but...
um, i, you know, should probably be protecting my precious bodily fluids at some point, no? I mean, too much exposure to this shit can't be good for anybody.
On the other hand, if, as I suspect, this actually happens all the time everywhere and I just haven't been paying attention...
I think I'd like to go back to not paying attention again, plz.
fuck. doesn't work.