I don't know about you, but I am far more offended by the photo of the little girl above than I am of the girl's in the bikini's on the poster. That little girl has no say in how she dresses up. How she looks, but the adult in the poster does.
If you really think that you will ever stop women from taking off their clothes to gain the appreciation that some male (and some females) will give their beautiful young bodies, think again.
If you really think you will ever convince men to quit lusting after the female form, then you are delusional.
But folks, I want you to understand that this isn't a gender specific issue.
Self worth/esteem is a HUMAN issue.
QUIT MAKING IT GENDER DRIVEN.
Is human trafficking a devastating issue? YES.
Are there men who use their gender to attempt to bully or otherwise coerce women into doing things they don't want to to keep a job, get a bank loan etc.? OH Yeah.
Are there women who enable, condone, participate, initiate or otherwise support any of the above? YES.
Are there or have there ever been women who run prostitution rings, sexually abuse other women etc? YES.
If you really think that the male of our species is so disgusting and privileged then perhaps you should actually look at what we are doing to them in the name of "gender equality."
I dare every human being I know to read the book "Knights without Armor"
by Aaron R. Kipnis, Ph.D. It just might enlighten you to find out that a lot of men are confused, hurt and disillusioned as to what their role in society is these days.
As far as RESPECT, we don't need someone to give it to us or to approve it for us. This isn't the turn of the century and 99% of women in western cultures now a days have full control over their lives. Those who don't have either have:
1) just never seized it,
2) are just learning how or
3) are dealing with self esteem issues and not getting the support they need.
Education is what it takes to change these things.
Righteous indignation and bashing will never get you anywhere except hated.
Today, women in western civilization have more rights, power and freedom than ever before and yet many of our female politicians have turned out to be as corrupt, untrustworthy and power hungry or more than their male counterparts.
Quit with the industry and man bashing.
Quit denigrating the female with the beautiful body because you are jealous.
Quit pretending we are all sisters when we clearly are not.
Quit with the moral outrage that is masked as gender equality and equal rights, and identify your insecurity for what it really is; jealousy - and then let it go.
At the end of the day, you are going to buy the motorcycle that fits your ass comfortably, the riding gear that keeps you safe and makes you look good and go home with the man you came with if he's any kind of a man and you are any kind of a woman; if you are true partners, nothing will shake either of you. (This goes for all partnerships.)
The chick in the bikini is no threat to you unless you let her be
or you are with the wrong partner
Put your petty jealousy away, because its probably the least becoming thing a woman can wear.
I modelled for a living in my younger days. It was hard, gruelling and emotional work.
The people looking at your body, judging your fitness to grace the runway, catalogue cover or a billboard looked at only one thing, is yours the right body line combined with the right attitude to sell these clothes. Who you were as a person never once entered into the equation unless you were easy to work with or a diva and being a diva was rarely a good thing.
You were there to sell clothes. PERIOD - Attractiveness sells, sex sells - that's all they cared about.
And there were MANY, MANY women on those panels, in fact most often it was other women picking apart my form.
My bloom has faded, I am no longer that pretty young rose, but my husband still thinks I am pretty (he doesn't wear his glasses as much as he should thank God!)
It still feels good to have someone think that I am pretty, I don't get offended by it at all.
That does not also mean that I am not smart, or talented in one way or another.
We were put on this earth to procreate, to be attracted to each other sexually and that is not a BAD THING...and remember, there are women who are good sisters, who support each other, who lift each other up, and then there are those who are worse than snakes, to your face they will be sweetness and light, but the minute you walk away....the daggers come out.
Be careful of the Sisterhood myth - the Sisterhood does exist,
just not in the soul of every woman out there.
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