During the early 19th century, women would wear dresses long enough that reach their ankles and sleeves that extend to the palm of their hands. Inside these dresses were corsets to humbly exaggerate the shape of their bodies, bustles to emphasize their lower backs, and petticoats worn as undergarments for the long skirt. This type of fashion is famously during the “Victorian Era”.
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Since women were required to wear these types of traditional clothing, they were also expected to act conservatively. The roles of women in this era were limited to 2: to keep their husbands happy and to tend their child/ren.
We are now in the 21st century yet men still want to control women with regards to what they wear, what they put on their faces, and who they communicate with. Doesn’t that feel like the same old Victorian Era in the 19th century?
I once saw this tweet on Twitter wherein a man was seen putting a paper clamp on the blouse of his girlfriend because it’s “too revealing”. This viral post received backlash, with many women whom, without hesitation, voiced out their opinions.
Twitter has a long history of different debates regarding how women should dress. Because of these issues, women continue to educate and correct men on how they shouldn’t adjust for the sake of not being catcalled nor raped. Unsurprisingly, these men, who were debating with women on Twitter, start by being rude to them and then proceed to call them names. Regarding the twitter post, there are lots of women who want equality and women empowerment. Yet men who want to control women claim that they are the ones who are victimized.
Some men are afraid that women might outshine them in many aspects of life. Since the 21st-century women are now strong headed, they start supporting each other to keep their heads high and to become one in order to voice out their concerns to people who are mistreating them.
Let us keep being expressive on what we want and like because this isn’t the Victorian Era anymore.
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