International Women’s Day

I don’t usually write these kind of posts, but as it is International Women’s Day I thought I’d touch on a couple of topics that have been in the media lately. After all, we are supposed to be influencers. Whilst it’s always flattering to hear from you when you’ve found our beauty, fashion and fitness tips useful, it is also worth using our voices to raise awareness of other more important things that are going on in the world too.

Mind the gap

One of the big themes International Women’s Day has been promoting this year is for a better working world; a more gender-inclusive world. Statistics say that it could actually take another 170 years to close the economic gender gap! We all heard last week that Polish MEP Mr Korwin-Mikke made the headlines after stating that, “Of course, women must earn less than men because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent.” We all know that this statement is wrong on so many levels but I am surprised that in this day and age there are people who still hold such extreme views.

You’ve probably all seen the controversy surrounding Emma Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and feminist activist. She has recently been criticised for her braless photoshoot with Harpers Bazaar. Here is a screen shot of one tweet in particular that really bothered me:

Putting Emma Watson and Julia Hartley-Brewer aside, it makes me question why are we still so judgemental when a woman chooses to go topless or show a bit of cleavage? Did you know that in the 1700’s it wasn’t a huge deal if women’s breasts or nipples were on show, showing a bit of ankle was considered a lot more risqué – how silly does the sound to you right now? How silly would the women in the 1700’s think we are today making such a big deal about a bit of boob being on show.

I am not saying everyone should go and get their breasts out but I do think its time we start to think a little more before we judge a woman just because she chooses to show a little more flesh than you personally would. It’s just skin at the end of the day, her body, her choice and she definitely wasn’t after your approval anyway. I don’t understand why seeing someone’s breasts would make you take them any less seriously? Why should showing a bit of cleavage suddenly invalidate their opinion? Can’t a woman be self-confident, sexual and, shock horror… intelligent, too? Why must those traits be treated as mutually exclusive?

When women support each other, incredible things happen

The point I am trying to make is that this International Women’s Day let’s try and treat each other with the respect we deserve, celebrate each others individuality, build each other up and reserve our judgements. After all, there are already enough ignorant, small minded fools like Mr Korwin-Mikke in the World.

Rae x

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