Are women free to make decisions?
Apparent freedom and women playing men’s game
We have recently touched on the connection between fashion and patriarchy to demonstrate that women aren’t really free to make decisions for themselves.
Is it real freedom?
If, in the Arabic world, freedom is a male prerogative, what happens in the western world is not much different. Women believe they are free, but their image reflects a male perspective. There’s a filter in women’s brains, a male setting made of centuries of cultural domination.
Look at what happened in the U.S., where some older men just passed an abortion ban, sending the country backwards and triggering big debates worldwide.
The joke is that perhaps Americans went to Afghanistan to train with the Taliban. But when the sad laugh ends, the concern grows. Indeed, you can see that patriarchy is still very much alive.
Being a female-led company, we suffer every time we hear women saying: “I cannot buy this dress because my husband doesn’t like it.” Of course, it’s not about the dress itself but because we are the only ones who can decide if we like something or not. We cannot allow someone else to rule us, knowing that someone else is often a man.
Likewise, women are the only ones who must have a voice in any matter that involves our bodies.
Are women free?
Being a woman isn’t a free choice. The vision of a woman is a male representation because those who hold the power and who make the rules are men. And so, they impose beauty standards, the clothing we should wear, and dictate our rights too. Even whether women can study or have an abortion is up to their whim.
If we allow men to decide what we can wear and how we should look, we give them the power to take any decision that involves us.
The story is about men who want to control women and women who play the men’s game, facilitating it!
Wake up, women! It’s time to remove patriarchal layers and choose what we want for ourselves.