Updated: Sep 25
Stroy of Anonymous
Having been in a college that was very open minded, I never once thought that what I was wearing could be considered 'inappropriate'. Upon transferring to a different college, I experienced sexism left and right, despite the fact that it's an all girl’s college. Once, someone told me that my cold shoulder top was too revealing. A cold shoulder top! You could not even see my entire shoulder. And yet, here was a remark on my attire. I just brushed it off thinking it was just one instance.
A few days later, I wore a long sleeve crop top, paired with a high waist jeans, which meant that my belly wasn't visible. I was busy, minding my own business, when two girls walked up to me and asked me if these were the only kind of tops I owned. I smiled, not grasping the reality that these girls were judging my clothes and character. Then they went on to say, 'Don't you have any normal tops? Do you need money to buy some proper clothes?' I still cannot believe that someone could be so disgustingly sexist at this day and age. Even though I usually am a free-spirited person who doesn't care about what strangers think, comments like this can really affect you and make you self-conscious.
Hence, I altered the way I dressed in college, even though there was nothing wrong with it in the first place. I just hope that one day I can live in a world where people can not be sexist and ruin someone's confidence and esteem over the type of attire they wear. We are more than what we wear. Clothes cannot, and does not define anyone’s character. Should not we try to look beyond the physical appearances and learn to not judge a book by its cover.