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Femme Epiph [Jul. 6th, 2009|01:54 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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It occurred to me today, as I observed many young ladies in light summery dresses and floppy little shoes, that most women don't expect to be climbing up ladders or crawling around on the floor or picking up heavy things to move them around.

They probably don't even wistfully imagine beating the shit out of men saying disgusting things.

So they don't dress as though they need to be prepared for anything.

Weird.
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[User Picture]From: infinitehotel
2009-07-06 08:21 am (UTC)
I suppose the question is whether you have to always dress like you're going to be climbing ladders or crawling around on floors regardless of gender. A man in a suit isn't really ripe for combat either; when you're in a swimsuit, you're practically helpless. It only took a few minutes of trying to do move tasks in Tevas to remind me that they're just not suitable as workboots and Converse All-Stars are awful for any kind of long distance walk. Still, people wear all of those at one time or another, because, clothing becomes much more contextual when you're living in a relatively tamed environment. I suspect many of those women may think about any or all of those possibilities, but not on their way to a lazy Sunday brunch.


This comes up a lot for me in trying to dress for family holidays. As I've gotten older and we've started to incorporate in-laws into things, I feel like I need to dress up a little more, at least to business casual. However, my mother perceives holidays as the times in which she can extort free labor, which depending on the season can range from installing old crufty air conditioners to spreading mulch to standing in the freezing rain trying to light luminaria in old milk jugs. I don't want to ruin my clothes but I don't want to have to remember a second (or even a third) set of clothing every time I visit for a holiday. I've gotten by with keeping a go-bag in my car with a spare pair of jeans, a knockaround jacket, a good set of work-gloves, boots and socks. That way, no matter what I'm wearing, I'm able to be ladder/floor/kick-ass ready in relatively short order.

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[User Picture]From: sweetmmeblue
2009-07-06 11:53 am (UTC)

Maybe that explains it

Why I prefer to dress the way I do. I tend to dress to be prepared to do "unladylike" things.

Thank you for stating the obvious that was actually less than obvious. Even when in religious school and wearing skirts, I wore skirts I could hike in, play sports in. When in the SCA I had women show me how to manage the long skirts and do lots of other stuff, even how to make them into pseudo-pants.
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[User Picture]From: istemi
2009-07-06 11:59 am (UTC)
A sundress would be easy to boot head in. Roundhouse would be unencumbered, maybe even crescent kick to the jaw. Depends on the skirt (or pants).
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From: i_leonardo
2009-07-06 02:42 pm (UTC)
> So they don't dress as though they need to be prepared for anything.

part of "being prepared for everything" is having the smarts, poise, and self-possession to do what needs to be done even if you're inconveniently attired.
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[User Picture]From: aroraborealis
2009-07-06 03:26 pm (UTC)
part of "being prepared for everything" is having the smarts, poise, and self-possession to do what needs to be done even if you're inconveniently attired.

Yes, this. I almost never wear pants, because I find skirts both more comfortable and more flattering, and, by now, they feel much more "me". Sometimes this means I have to hike them up and tuck them in the waistband in order to crawl around effectively, but if my clothing stops me from doing something, the fault is mine, not my dress.
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[User Picture]From: muffyjo
2009-07-06 05:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, my inner warrior diva can kick the shit out of men saying disgusting things without a lick of clothing on. She's pretty hardcore, though.
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[User Picture]From: missionista
2009-07-06 06:27 pm (UTC)
They probably don't even wistfully imagine beating the shit out of men saying disgusting things.

They probably do. At least, I sure do, no matter if I'm wearing a sundress or jeans. And maybe they're wearing the sundresses because they want to, and are not letting men saying disgusting things dictate how they dress.
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