Women are told they should wear a dress, but not one that shows cleavage. And they can’t simply opt out by wearing a suit. That gets backlash, too. And they have to wear makeup, but not too much. Definitely not too much.
It can be exhausting. Perhaps that’s why one drawing by a female French illustrator who goes by “La sauvage jaune” is being so widely shared and discussed on Twitter.
— La sauvage jaune (@LaSauvageJaune) August 22, 2016
The drawing underscores the various hypocrisies about how women are told to look and dress:
- “You look like a whore with your makeup. [But] if you’re not wearing makeup you’re neglecting yourself.”
- “You have a head scarf! You’re clearly submissive!”
- “Long skirt? Too many religious connotations.” vs. “Short skirt? Too many sexual connotations. Don’t be surprised if you’re raped.”
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