In defense of dowdy
I’ve been thinking recently about the definition of “civilization.” What makes a society civilized? I have some guesses, here are a few guesses, kind of in order of obviousness:
- A place where grown men don’t get harassed when they walk around minding their own business. I’m looking at you, broken windows policies.
- A place where young girls don’t get sexually harassed when they walk around minding their own business. I’m looking at you, India rape culture.
- A place where young girls and grown women aren’t constantly bombarded by messages that they are expected to conform to a male fantasy definition of beauty. I’m looking at you, almost everywhere. But specifically Brazil.
Here’s what I’d like to see: a series of articles in places like NY Magazine, that directly contrast to articles about how French women use makeup – but spend only 15 minutes on it per day – and still look amazingly sexy, or don’t diet and still look amazingly sexy, and so on.
I’d like instead an article specifically written for the woman who wants to know where they can walk around minding their own business and being utterly indifferent to their appearance, and they won’t be bothered. Let’s defend our right to be dowdy as shit.
Special kudos to places where young women can walk around dressed in anything they want and still be left alone.
So tell me, do you know of any places like that?