For the past few days it seems that all the Internet cares about is a pair of ripped jeans! A picture was posted on Social Media of a pair of jeans currently being sold at Pull & Bear that have a rip in the back. Since then, everyone has been stating their opinion, not only about the pants, but about the person who chooses to wear them.
While this might seem like a trivial matter, it does shed light on our society’s look at women, and their bodies.
Looking closely at this small rip in a pair of jeans, you can see how society still believes that a woman’s body is not her own. A woman will be shamed, bullied and even threatened if she so much as thinks of buying a pair of jeans which society has deemed too sexy.
“Many women stepped up and tried to “discourage” women from wearing those pants in a manner that was extremely condescending. It’s very sad to see that even women will publicly slut-shame one another!”
The video made by Dotmsr.com is a major eye opener on the issue. A man blatantly says if he sees a woman wearing those pair of jeans on the street, he will rape her. Even if he’s not serious, that’s just as big of an issue, because rape isn’t a laughing matter.
Other than that, the posts made on Social Media have been alarming for the most part. Many women stepped up and tried to “discourage” women from wearing those pants in a manner that was extremely condescending. It’s very sad to see that even women will publicly slut-shame one another!
It’s absolutely fine to be bothered by a pair of jeans, but if one doesn’t like an article of clothing, one just doesn’t need to wear them. Expressing your point of view is not only okay, it’s healthy, as long as it doesn’t include shaming other people. No one said those pair of pants will be worn by all women in Cairo, clearly very few of them are interested in wearing them. However, if a woman chooses to wear them, who is anyone to tell her that her morals have taken a plunge?
It is interesting to see the dialogue that a pair of boyfriend jeans can open. And we need to analyse these reactions because it shows the true colors of Egyptians and their view on women, freedom of choice and sexual harassment. So far, the reactions are alarmingly violent for the most part.