There are days that I feel like I am turning into a crabby old lady. A cat and dog old lady. Perhaps my students don't think so, as I am usually older than their parents. However, I have my days.
I consider myself a progressive person. There are just some things I don't "get." Like people demanding to be naked in public. I realize personal freedom is important, but it goes both ways. In some countries I have read about people who feel they have the right to walk around naked anywhere they want. They do not think that laws should be made to demand they wear clothes if they do not want to.
What are they thinking? The idea of having someone's unclothed butt in my face during rush hour on public transportation is not my idea of a good time. Worse if they are facing me. I don't care if they are male or female. I don't care if they are drop dead gorgeous with the best body, it is not a good idea. At least for me.
Take that one step further. Do you really want to sit on chairs vacated by someone who was not wearing anything? Believe me, after more than 10 years of living in Argentina, I am not germophobic. It is almost impossible here to be so.
The other day two models walked around the barrio Boedo completely naked. They were part of a photography project that has been going around the world. The women, although models, had far from perfect bodies unclothed. They walked through the barrio, looking in various stores while being photographed.
The city of Buenos Aires says that it is illegal to walk around without clothes - but this was a special case. I looked at the pictures. They were far from erotic. Personally I found nothing artistic about them either. Unattractive women walking around naked and being photographed. It would have made no difference if they were beautiful. I just did not find it attractive or even interesting as far as art goes.
What is up with all the dresses being worn by female stars or personalities that leave nothing to the imagination? Again living here in Argentina, I wear tight shirts with low necklines that I would have never used in the U.S. However these dresses are beyond that. See through and no underwear. What is the message being conveyed? How are you supposed to take these women seriously?
Women seem to be moving backwards. Rather than be judged by the merits of their talent they prefer to be acknowledged for the shock value of their physical appearance. Perhaps some feel they need to do something to get attention. Being judged by physical appearance does not treat you as a person, you become an object.
Wasn't that was my generation fought for? To be treated as equals, and not as objects.