How many times have you heard the comment “look at what she’s wearing, she’s definitely asking for it!”? As a society, we seem to be fixated on female looks, judging a woman’s purity by her choice of clothing. I’ve personally heard people blame victims of sexual assault and harassment for the dreadful incidents, solely based on the fact that they were dressed in a certain manner.
Hold on, is the error in this line of thought not clear enough? How can a person’s own choice of clothing give anyone the right to invade their personal space in such a despicable way? Where does the concept of personal liberty fall if society is going to strip us off of our right to not be bothered and sexualized on the very streets of the country we call home?
A couple of weeks ago, students at the Miami Ad School in Hamburg , broke the Internet with a campaign designed for the German non-profit organization “Terre Des Femmes” advocating the triviality and shallowness of measuring a woman’s worth through her choice of clothing. As seen in the picture, the campaign uses literal measurements and adjectives to show just how ridiculous it is using the hemline of a piece of fabric to judge a woman’s value.
The illustrations aim at tackling an important issue, point-blank: the height of a woman’s heels, the depth of her neckline or the length of her skirt are not there for anyone to use as justifications for making damaging judgments or actions about her.
It is worth noting that this was not the first time an illustration of this sort was produced. Back in 2013, an artist named Pomona Lake released a similar photograph, named “Judgement,” which also went viral.
Both illustrations prove, what we, women of the world, face. I will not accept the way a piece of cloth I use to cover my body can dictate the amount of respect I receive by strangers. It is quite simple; we need to rise up from our truly vain beliefs regarding women- a female’s appearance cannot be used as a tool to judge her thoughts, actions and principles and make possibly destructive assumptions about her.