A microcosm of a woman’s life presented in two photos

There have been two photos that have gone viral this week each looking at a different aspect of life from a female perspective.

The first takes a look at the length of a skirt and how people view the woman wearing it as a result. It is in many ways both amusing but also confronting in terms of the attitude society takes and the judgement made based on appearance with no actual validation.

Rosea Lake photo entitled "Judgement"

Rosea Lake photo entitled “Judgement”

At the top and bottom we see a pejorative morality and somewhere in between we get an imposed sense of decorum that is purely based on how something is perceived by the viewer with no regard for the person wearing the skirt. It is an interesting take on how judgement is applied and has provoked a lot of commentary in social media. The way women look is often shrouded in controversy whether relevant or not and this is a great image to bring a focus on the way many feel they are objectified without substance.

The second photo is of a very moving letter that someone put up in a women’s bathroom (click on the photo to see the writing more clearly) in response to some graffiti expressing the pain and challenges some people are going through that they couldn’t articulate in other forums.

Letter of support posted in response to graffiti

Letter of support posted in response to graffiti

The support shown is admirable and whilst I would not advocate people using a bathroom wall as the appropriate mechanism for letting out their problems if this is the only safe way it is heartening to see that somebody was moved enough to try and offer support.

For mine both offer a very different aspect of life as a woman and yet each is thought provoking. The first picture challenges me to consider what are my attitudes and if I can be less judgmental purely on appearance and the second makes me realise I need to be more aware of the people around me to see if I can offer support so that nobody feels their only communication mechanism is a toilet wall.

What about you?

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2 replies

  1. Fun fact: the miniskirt as originally envisioned by Mary Quant was designed to be practical and liberating so that women could more easily move around. http://www.alternet.org/story/91873/the_power_of_the_miniskirt

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