Lexi- thanks for taking the time to write a response to my opinion piece. To me the bottom line is: if men aren’t wearing clothes that expose parts of their bodies that are sexualized (like women’s breasts) why do women do it? You can be proud of your body without having to overly expose and flaunt it to the general public.
I think that humans have a problem with having to follow a trend. That’s part of the reason that advertising is so powerful. But trends change. In the past women would have been arrested and jailed for wearing the scanty and revealing clothing that they do now.
With regard to women athletes, they can pick styles of clothes to wear within their sports. AND if enough women athletes complained to sponsors about the type of clothes they were expected to wear, it would make the sponsors change. But women are stuck in this pattern of sexualizing their attire.
Most women have not become strong enough to buck the system that makes them believe that their self worth is inextricably tied to their appearance. That’s why the percentage of women dieting is so much higher than the percentage of men who diet. Men don’t wear make-up, wear clothes that can physically injure them (high heels), do painful procedures to remove hair from their body, have plastic surgery, and so many other examples that it would take a book to write them all.
I am happy when I see women, who are athletic, have beautiful bodies, but who are also modest in their attire. We are so much more than our body — and shouldn’t have to flaunt our body to be respected.