In honor of the Cosmos series finale this Sunday, I too want to take you on a trip through space and time. It will be quick, I promise. You see, when man first evolved from the offspring of five monkeys having butt sex with a fish-squirrel, we were simple cavemen creatures. We hunted, we gathered, and we mated. Since then, man has basically had the same mentality. We hunt (eat), we gather (get cool stuff), and we mate (have the sex). It’s in our DNA, it’s a mentality that will never go away as it is ingrained in all of us.
Fast forward a few thousand years and we have a 15 year-old girl from Canada that is challenging her school’s dress code because she was sent home for wearing too short of shorts. She claims that instead of sending her home, the school should teach boys that, “Girls are not sexual objects.” The girl says the decision is sexist and slut shaming and feminism and blah blah blah.
Listen up female Canadian teenagers in high schools that read blogs written by 32 year-old men: It’s not slut shaming, it’s common sense. I get that it finally hit 48 degrees Fahrenheit in Canada and it’s summer. I get that wearing the least amount of clothes possible is the fashion nowadays. Still, just because it’s the fashion, it doesn’t make it appropriate. You’re 15. You’re in school. You’re there to learn about moose or syrup or the Canucks’ losing hockey program not dress like Bo Duke’s little cousin. You got caught wearing something you know was against the school rules. Do what kids in the 80’s used to do; go to detention, learn life lessons, and don’t mess with the bull.
Still though, if you take away the school setting it brings up the question of sexism. Is it sexist to say that girls dress slutty nowadays? I think it’s common sense to say that just because a girl dresses provocatively it doesn’t mean she’s promiscuous. Still, that style is considered “slutty” much like the plaid shirt and cut up jeans in the 90’s was considered “grungy”. Do you want to hear a fun fact feminists? The people that call that style slutty….the same people that determined that the short shorts are distracting…..are other women.
You see, men are simple creatures. We don’t care and certainly won’t say that a girl is dressed slutty. We embrace it, use our peripherals, sneak a glance and call it day. You might argue that this is not right and the 15 year-old has a point. But check it out…the reason I took you on a trip to the caveman days was because that is never ever ever going to change. You can be the most feminist woman on the planet and you can teach your boy to respect women all you want, but unless that boy is gay, he is going to want to look at tits and ass. Hell, even if the boy was gay, he would still want to touch my girlfriend’s boobs. Seriously gay guys, what the hell? You can’t have the best of both worlds.
Wanting something that is genetically etched in your brain doesn’t make men bad people or dickhead males, it makes us human. Both women AND men are sexual objects. Women like to stare at men too. The tallest, fittest, bearded man in your office is the hot guy. The difference is, is that guy doesn’t shop at Baby Gap to show off his bulge.
So what is the solution for this problem? Feminists don't want men to stare at them yet men (and women) literally can't control it. A woman should be free to wear whatever she wants without judgment but it’s super hard (phrasing) when the world can see your labia….. Hmmm…it’s a mystery. Maybe, just maybe, we can all act like adults, wear proper clothes in proper settings and refrain from judging others. But that would be too easy, right?
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