Over at The Daily Mail, my favorite newspaper, Angela Epstein is explaining that you should be dressing sexy. Or sexier. You should be dressing exactly like her, really, and you should be doing that so men other than your husband will fancy you.
I am all for continuing to dress however you like to dress whether you are married or not. What seems bizarre about this is the assumption that there is only one very particular way you can dress to make men fancy you. Angela explains:
Standing in front of the bedroom mirror, I give my reflection one last appreciative glance. I’ve got a night out with some female colleagues at a swanky new bar, and I’m determined to look my very best.
Arrogant as it may sound, I’m happy with what I see: freshly blow-dried hair, carefully applied lipstick, a pair of leg-stretching killer heels and a dress that manages to be both sexy and elegant.
All that’s needed is a final spritz of perfume — just enough to entice, not too much to overpower — and I grab my clutch and keys and head for the door.
That definitely works for some people! And some people attract attention in a tank top and blue jeans! Some people do it in a bikini and a gas mask!
Those things are not options, apparently. Blow dried hair, tight dress, high heels, those are, seemingly, the only ways to make men fancy you.
The Daily Mail helpfully illustrates this with a picture of an absolutely stunningly beautiful blonde model eating pizza in a man’s shirt with the caption “Unsexy: A stressed, scruffy woman with messy hair and a baggy shirt is not the stuff of male dreams.”
Are we allowed to be stressed if we do our hair properly? Is that cool?
No. The answer is almost certainly “no.”
Picture via WENN