Fashion Discussion: Does the Fashion Industry objectify women?

The Louis Vuitton controversy made me realize that maybe people do not fully understand what objectifying women really is. I probably don’t either. As much as I love to blame for every wrong thing in this world, maybe this one is no longer on them. I re-watched the film and something hit me, Kate Moss and the other models are women who are old enough to make their decisions, Rihanna is old enough to make her decisions and so is Selita Ebanks in this photo-shoot for WestEast Magazine. The fashion industry should not be blamed for glamorizing sex (prostitution is a different story) because let’s face it, in the real world- you know, the cruel world we live in where the good guy finishes last; sex sells. And so did those Fifty Shades of Grey books and so will the movie when it comes out. Men and women love talking about sex, society promotes sex so why do people start pointing fingers when it is in the open.
  I will admit I like it when my physical beauty is appreciated (name one person who does not) however; there is a big difference between objectification and the desire to be looked upon in a pleasuring manor. For years, women have been asking to be equal to men (yeah, I need that equal pay) but why does the story change when it comes to sex.  When David Beckham takes a picture in his underwear, you know we get excited on my runway but when Rihanna takes a picture in her underwear and thigh high Prada boots (which in this case is more clothing than David Beckham) then she gets called names that a woman does not deserve to be called. Got to love double standards.  

Cameron Diaz got in trouble with the feminists when she said that every woman wants to be objectified in an interview. “…there is a little part of you at all times that hopes to be somewhat objectified” what she meant was every woman wants to be looked at as sexy or beautiful. You go to the gym and you put in all this effort to look good then you put on that LBD because you finally lost those ten pounds, which does not mean that you want to be “objectified” it means that you look good, you feel good so why not flaunt it.
What I’m trying to say is that things have changed. When it comes to “objectifying” women, fingers should not be pointed to men and the fashion industry. Fingers should not be pointed to Louis Vuitton because let’s face it, we have seen Kate Moss with less clothes on (I do however understand why the promotion of prostitution would be un ethical in this case but again, I don’t think the fashion industry has ethics). I’m also trying to say that there is a difference between appreciating someone’s physical beauty and objectifying them. So that is why on my runway, we are going to appreciate Ryan Gosling’s physical beauty.  

Thoughts: Do you think the fashion Industry objectifies women or do women just don’t care anymore?


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