Weekly Photo Challenge: WRONG (2)

Here they are, stiletto heels, in red yet! Very sexy, very glamorous — and VERY VERY WRONG!

Men love when women wear them (but of course, you don’t catch the men actually  wearing them). Women love them because — they’re comfortable? No. They’re practical? No. Women love them because men love them. YOUNG women especially love them.

Who, fifteen or twenty years down the line, will have deformed feet. They’ll have bunions and hammertoes and aches and pains in their feet like stilettos are stabbing, and baby! when your feet hurt, all of you hurts. But the concept of the future, of what will be rather than what is, doesn’t compute for young people. What matters is now. Look how sexy my legs look!

I know. I wore them, back in the day. Now, I hobble.

I don’t know about you, but when I read about the practice of foot-binding among the Chinese a century or more ago, I thought it was barbaric:

Deliberately compressing and shrinking women’s feet to dainty hoofs, the ideal of feminine beauty (and incidentally preventing the women from walking freely away, they had to hobble on sticks or be carried everywhere) — Unconscionable! Obviously a great wrong against women.

Is it wrong if women choose it? And just how freely is it chosen, when these are the seductions in shop windows? Is there any morality among fashion mavens, or manufacturers? I wonder.

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12 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: WRONG (2)

  1. Gemma says:

    Those shoes, though sexy as all get out, are a prescription for pain! So WRONG!

  2. pauline says:

    When one equates sex appeal with stiletto heels it’s hard to go flat after that. We women need to stop feeling we must look a certain way to be sexy; even though that “way” changes with every decade, it’s the core belief that we must adorn ourselves to be more appealing than we are already that needs to alter. Let the men get over it already! They get to be sexy in air-supported sport shoes. Maybe we should have trade dates, where we trade clothing and shoes with our dates so we can see how the other half really lives 😉

    • Touch2Touch says:

      I think this idea has great potential, P. I wouldn’t mind being sexy in air-supported sport shoes!
      Ultimately it comes down to that age-old question, who determines our values and priorities? Do we do that for ourselves? Or do we allow others — men, parents, children, political parties, etc. — to do it for us?
      Are we enough as we are?
      For our own good, and the good of the world, we had better be.

  3. Claudia Shuster says:

    Why are we the only species (that I know of) where women are expected to attract men with flashy exterior attractions?? Think about birds – the peacock struts and opens its gorgeous feathers – that is the male acting up to attract the female. The lion has his gorgeous mane … I just don’t go along with any uncomfortable clothes, shoes included. And binding one’s feet. Definitely abusive – a means to physically control!

  4. Stef says:

    I’m so with you that when a person’s feet hurt, their whole being hurts. Mercifully I was never caught in the crazy-shoe trap – so now at nearly 40 years old, I still have great feet. (Yoga helps that, too.) I’d much rather be upright and balanced at 40 (and 50, 60, 70, 80, and 90) than ‘cute’ at 20 (and 21). 🙂

  5. My neighbor LOVES to talk about women’s shoes and what role they play in our perceptions. Helpless women teetering on high heels or no shoes (or bound feet) – so the hero-man can rescue them in some form or fashion. I wish I could remember the name or the book she often refers to…

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