Today, in a time of support and acceptance, people still struggle to accept other people's fashion choices. You would think that by now, in 2018, especially in America, where we are supposed to accept everyone for who they are, no matter who they are or where they come from, people would be able to accept what others choose to wear everyday. After reading numerous experiments built on the foundation of testing these stigmas, one struck me quite hard.
A woman from The UK created a fake dating profile that she would change every few days in accordance to her fashion decisions. She would then check the responses to see what she would receive. She opened the “interest” preferences to both men and women, and also included her own partner and a friend that knew her well.
She first dressed up in goth-like clothing, with black makeup, black nails, and black and patterned clothing. The responses she received mostly had to do with her mental stability, and included offers that were drug related. She's then chose a party goer outfit, and received inappropriate responses from both men and women she did not know, but her friend told her she looked great, because she knew her but also made the comment that if she didn't know her she would look too “easy." Her boyfriend also said she looked good. A few outfits later, she chose to go with no makeup, leggings, and plain, patterned T-shirt. The responses were mostly friendly, mind you this is on a dating site, a few people even commenting on her health, saying that, “she looked sick”.
So how are women supposed to be okay with the "no make up look" when strangers are making these comments? Meanwhile, those that knew her, including her friend and her boyfriend, had nice things to say about her, but why can't we just accept people for who they are and what they choose to wear, clothing or makeup wise? Think about this the next time you go to comment on someone's clothing decisions. We should simply be able to accept. It's 2018.