The premise of minimum wage, when it was introduced, was that a single wage earner should be able to own a home and support a family. That was what it was based on; a full time job, any job, should be able to accomplish this.
The fact people scoff at this idea if presented nowadays, as though the people that ring up your groceries or hand you your burgers don’t deserve the luxury of a home and a family, is disgusting.
Okay, I viewed this as a Christian and I was very upset by it. I felt like she was basically saying that since men have the inability to control their thoughts and actions that women have the responsibility to cover up. You know, heaven forbid that a belly button be showing and tempt the frontal cortex of the male brain. To me this was body shaming saying we should be teaching our daughters that showing the body is a shameful and degrading thing. It removed any responsibility of the male gender from his actions or thoughts. That we should judge ourselves heavily based on the actions and thoughts of the other sex, that self esteem isn’t valid unless you are covered up by someone else’s specifications. Don’t get me wrong, I am raising 3 daughters and I believe that teaching them self respect is critical to them facing a judgmental world. And, that sometimes modesty is appropriate in our interactions with other people and situations as a sign of respect for the other party. But what is this teaching our youth? “Men have no self control so women better cover up.” *exasperation intensifies*
Okay, I love the fact that she created a line of modest swimsuits- because yes, it is sometimes difficult to find non-frumpy bathing suits that aren’t bikinis. However, her “goal” to bring back modesty to reveal dignity is ridiculous. I measure my own dignity and self-worth, and if I want to walk outside in my itsy bitsy bikini I can; it doesn’t mean I’ve lost my morals or dignity, it means I like how I look that way and I shouldn’t be ashamed of it. Want to cover up? Absolutely. Want to show it off? Absolutely. Also, saying that if women wear less they are making men think of them as objects, so cover up? NO. NO. NO. Nobody tells men to cover up, they don’t get swimsuit restrictions. I will not cover up my body because some boy wasn’t raised to keep his hands and sexual thoughts to himself. I am sick of this women should do certain things because of the way men are because if anyone should change it’s men and how they jump to the conclusion that they can do what they want, backing it up with “sexual drive” claims. If I want to go out in something where my body is on display, that is not an invitation for a man to view or treat me as an object. I am a person no matter the amount of skin showing.
Exactly. I’m all for modest bathing suits because her line of swimsuits are way cute and a good option to have for people who don’t want to wear bikinis, but If I want to wear a bikini it doesn’t make me any less lady-like or any less human. I shouldn’t have to cover up the attributes that come with being a woman in order to be considered worthy of honor. I like wearing a bikini and I’m a respectable human being, who is a good person. That is how reveal my dignity.
Girls are trained to say, ‘I wrote this, but it’s probably really stupid.’ Well, no, you wouldn’t write a novel if you thought it was really stupid. Men are much more comfortable going, ‘I wrote this book because I have a unique perspective that the world needs to hear.’ Girls are taught from the age of seven that if you get a compliment, you don’t go, ‘Thank you’, you go, ‘No, you’re insane.’
— Lena Dunham, in an interview with The Guardian (x)