everything that’s marketed exclusively to women is restrictive and nonfunctional
our clothes are thin and form fitting, so that we are constantly on display. we are not given pockets, but expected to carry with us expensive decorative bags. we are made to wear skirts, because pants allow too much freedom of movement. fashion > function
we are expected to spend excessive time painting a second face over our natural one. there is no purpose for this other than reaping our excess time and money. with this artificial face we cannot lie down, we cannot eat freely, we cannot cry. fashion > function
our shoes are high heeled, open toed, preventing us from running freely or even walking comfortably. we suffer bone injuries and muscle deterioration. fashion > function.
we are expected to remove our body hair. much like makeup, the function of this is to occupy our excess time and reap our excess money. shaving cuts lead to infection. for some women, shaving results in painful rashes on the legs. fashion > function
our hair is meant to be long and decorative. easily tangled, easily grabbed in an altercation. black women especially are expected to heat damage their hair rather than allow it to grow naturally. fashion > function
a woman who defies any of these expectations, especially more than one at any given time, is subjected to ridicule, discrimination, and violence. femininity is a strict performance of subservience that is inaccessible to most women, but all are forcefully bound to it in a society dominated by men. this is because men fear what would happen if women began to realize just how severely they are being exploited.