The Hidden Sexism of High Heels | Skirt the Issue

The Hidden Sexism of High Heels | Skirt the Issue


My love, I’ve found you! Hi…um Prince. Prince….Charming! Charming! Hi! Yeah! I’ve found your shoe– at least– this is yours I think. Now all you have to do is try it on. Yeah… I was on my feet all night, nah–
But, you could be my princess! Honestly, do you know how horrible high heels are? You’d think when a woman’s choice of footwear makes headlines, it’s gotta be a slow news day But sometimes wearing flats is considered revolutionary. A female receptionist at PwC in Britain was sent home for not wearing high heels to work. You can’t wear those shoes. And I said I don’t know what’s wrong with them. They’re smart, they’re black. In keeping with that code, they’re just not a two to four inch heel. A waitress in Canada asked to wear flats to work, but was denied. This is what happened to her feet. That’s illegal! …Right?! The UK, US and Canada, all have laws barring gender-specific discrimination in the workplace. So then why would anyone be expected to wear heels? Where does this pressure come from? According to Psychology Today,
The over-thinking man’s Web MD… High heels make a woman more attractive by exaggerating her female gait. And, of course, the way we walk speaks to something deep in our evolutionary history, An irregular walk could betray genetic weaknesses, a sexy strut broadcasts that you were healthy. Another study showed that wearing heels can help a woman “attract a man and get his help with something” Yoohoo! Can you help me with this math problem, I’m on my period! While another study – Line! Wait. Yeah this is just another study showing that women are more feminine and attractive in pumps. I am all for feelin’ yourself. So if stilettos
make you feel sexy, then wear them. But women shouldn’t have to wear high heels
to be considered professional. Because when we force women to find balance in the workplace while balancing in the workplace, we imply that her worth is derived from her attractiveness. I don’t want to be treated like a princess, I want to be treated like a boss. Yo, Prince Charming, wears my coffee?

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