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5 replies, 6 voices Last updated by Tarishi RAUTHAN 8 months ago
  • Shreya Shukla
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    Mom tells us to dress conservatively if we want men to respect us for who we are on the proverbial inside. Women are also often told that showing too much skin invites trouble. But a new study shows that when it comes to the supposedly inverse correlation between revealing your body and being taken seriously.

    The study is groundbreaking because, counter to the commonly-held belief that it’s always men objectifying women with “the male gaze,” women in the study were just as likely to judge their male peers differently when their clothes were removed. People judge us and we should expect to be respected according to our dress up. Like seriously, clothes have been a defining parameter for us not only in the early years but still in this 20th century.

    Change in the mindset can only lead to change in life and most importantly change will take place in society. Short dresses do not decide our dignity percentage or character, so stop giving yourself and others a character certificate based on dressing styles.

    Afshan Iqbal
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    We are in the 21st Century when we have seen unimaginable inventions but it baffles me that people still judge Women on the basis of their clothes. We have come a far way but haven’t covered the full journey. Women have the choice to wear whatever they feel like. The clothes of a woman depend on her choice, nobody has the right to tell a woman what she should wear and nobody has the right to judge a woman on the basis of her clothes. Clothes don’t define a woman’s character.

    I guess women are so much more than their clothes. Women’s freedom is depicted by her mind, her strength, her calibre. A woman’s clothes don’t make her a better or a worse person. Let’s take an example: if a boy wears shorts and goes outside whether to a market or in public transport, nobody will judge his character on the basis of his clothes so why does a woman be judged on the basis of her clothes? Every rule is different for women. A woman is told to dress according to society’s norms and she is judged if it doesn’t suit society. It depends on a woman if she wants to wear a skirt or a saree, it totally is her choice. Women aren’t supposed to be judged on the basis of their looks, clothes, etc. A woman is not to be defined by her clothes and society should understand this.

    Aditi Sahu
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    Character is a set of traits possessed by a person. Character is not something that can be altered or judged by a person’s external appearance. There are many people who judge women on the basis of the size of their, but that makes us question, can dresses be the basis for a judgement of someone’s character? Or more precisely, do short dresses define character?

    The answer would be an easy no. A person’s character cannot be defined on the basis of their clothing, be it man or a woman. But of course, in the present day as well as in our shameful past, people have constantly judged people or defined their character on the basis of clothing, particularly when it comes to women. It is high time that we realise that no one can be judged for the choices they make for their clothes. Our society needs to be a lot less judgemental and open minded.

    038 deepika Singh
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    How can a piece of clothing define the whole character of a person? It is difficult to live in a society for a woman where she is judged 24/7 on the basis of the length of her skirt, the size of her heels, the look of her cleavage and what not! We live in a society where people keep on passing quick judgements on the basis of what a woman wears. They judge a woman’s character by the size of her dress. ‘Attention seekers’ is what they call her. If a boy passes on a foul comment on a girl then people are quick to first judge the girl for being such an attention seeker in turn excusing the behaviour of the boy. Women are at fault and are victims at the same time. This is the kind of society we live in!
    Why cant girls wear clothes as per their wish, as per their comfort and their liking? They have full right on their body and should be able to cover it in whatever manner they want to. The society needs to change their thinking and not the clothes of women. Every women have the right to be treated equally and not be judged by the size of their dress.

    Reaya Tomar
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    Short dresses definately do not define our character but wearing to short dresses that shows most of our body part does. I have many girls in my college that are from fashion society that wear such dresses and walk everyday past me but definately defining them on the basis of that is wrong but instead we should try to see their true nature. Girls on there part should understand the difference between wearing short dresses and fashionable clothes and wears those clothes which on purpose would show your body and make you a topic of discussion in someone’s conversation. Showing to much body is also not correct way to walk in the society. People should understand the kind of social circle they live in and the kind of mindset most of the people from our parents generation have. Obviously we can’t force them to change that cause once the opinion and mindset has formed that is difficult to change. Girls might not be showing there cleavage or legs by wearing such dresses but one doesn’t know about the kind of people one passes by which would get them judged. Wearing such clothes when you are traveling through public transport and you know that you could encounter any kind of person having the most chilled personality to the most judging personality creates a problem. So basically in my view clothing should be according to the society,the purpose,the event,the venue, your confort, the social circles you would be crossing and obviously your choice. Cause whether we care or not we do get judged at all places at every step of our path by everyone.

    Tarishi RAUTHAN
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    Yes short dress do define characters but not ours they define the character of thos who judges them all the time . i agree that wearing short dresses everywhere is not the done thing we must see our security first because we live in the enviornment where people judges us we are not safe. Although the cases of brutality with women we heard doesnt have any connection with the dresses they wore at that time . people who do brutality doesn’t care about the clothes they wore or the age or the religion what they want is to take advantage .
    Agreeing with some girls wearing short dresse by watching our sorroundings for example going for club or on a beach or a party is understandable but wearing them in their daily life routine sounds and seems odd like in the Delhi metro we see many girls ttavelling in a bikni thats the behaviour which is untoleratable.

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