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Feminist Claims That Women Who Dress Girly Are Victims Of Patriarchy, Gets Quickly Shut Down
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Feminist Claims That Women Who Dress Girly Are Victims Of Patriarchy, Gets Quickly Shut Down

There is a never-ending dialogue about patriarchy and the impact it has on society’s definition of femininity and masculinity. Some people believe that acting and dressing ‘girly’ is actually a result of patriarchal oppression and a long history of men telling women to dress and look a certain way. However, other times it can simply be the preference of a woman just wanting to wear a dress, a feel comfortable in a style that fits into the traditional mold of femininity.

Recently, artist Kiana Mcmillian received a lot of attention online after sharing one of her illustrations on her blog

Image credits: Kiana McMillian

This is not the first time Kiana has shared some of her work online. the artist already has a blog dedicated to her art where she shares all kinds of adorable illustrations. But out of all her work, this image illustrating her changing style while growing up has sparked the biggest debate.

One user quickly declared that women who dress girly are victims of patriarchy

It is a recurring issue in today’s society for people to judge others based on what they wear. It is often understood that a woman who prefers to wear dresses, makeup and spend more time on their appearance might be doing so because of a long history of patriarchy and men telling woman that they need to look a certain way, a way that pleases them.

But Kiana was not having it, she quickly responded to these claims by explaining why women should be allowed to wear whatever they want

Another user also responded by saying that some women are afraid to look feminine because they are shamed for being too girly

With over 177,000 reblogs the post quickly went viral with people supporting Kiana and saying that every woman should be allowed to dress however they want, without others judging them for their decision.

Many people came to Kiana’s defense

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TheReader19
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3 years ago

Isn't true feminism looking and doing whatever you want too?

Night Owl
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3 years ago

Yes, it's all about having the freedom of choice and not being judged for it

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Chicago Kitty
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3 years ago (edited)

I so much appreciate the artist's response. I've been a girly girly my whole life, because it's who I AM. I love pretty things and enjoy traditionally feminine things and that's okay because that's what is right for me and makes me happy. I am sick to my back teeth of the militant so-called feminists shaming women who value traditional femininity. I am not diminished, less-than, stupid or victimized by the "patriarchy" which has been tossed around so much lately it may as well be the "illuminati" because I like sewing, needlework, cooking and yes even housework! I think there is tremendous value in femininity, traditional womanhood, homemaking that has been diminished by women shaming women. Every time I see a comment like the one criticizing the artist I feel like the militant feminists are trying to shame the rest of us with ovaries into joining their gang. You do you girly girls! You do you not girly girls! If we all do that we'll just be happy girls!

beep boop
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3 years ago

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Kjorn
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3 years ago

feminism is choosing what you want! CHOOSING... that was a thing woman didn't have few years ago. now they can choose. my wife chose to stay at home with our kids. she loved that. that doesn't make her less of a woman for that. sick of terrorrism feminism

Fiona Toms-Yarnton
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3 years ago

It doesn't make her MORE of a woman, either. Housework or paid work, nothing makes us more or less a woman. I am a woman because I AM. Feminism has been a great blessing for me, because not only am I able to be the woman I chose to be, but also regarded as a fully-fledged member of the human race.

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TheReader19
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3 years ago

Isn't true feminism looking and doing whatever you want too?

Night Owl
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes, it's all about having the freedom of choice and not being judged for it

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Chicago Kitty
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

I so much appreciate the artist's response. I've been a girly girly my whole life, because it's who I AM. I love pretty things and enjoy traditionally feminine things and that's okay because that's what is right for me and makes me happy. I am sick to my back teeth of the militant so-called feminists shaming women who value traditional femininity. I am not diminished, less-than, stupid or victimized by the "patriarchy" which has been tossed around so much lately it may as well be the "illuminati" because I like sewing, needlework, cooking and yes even housework! I think there is tremendous value in femininity, traditional womanhood, homemaking that has been diminished by women shaming women. Every time I see a comment like the one criticizing the artist I feel like the militant feminists are trying to shame the rest of us with ovaries into joining their gang. You do you girly girls! You do you not girly girls! If we all do that we'll just be happy girls!

beep boop
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3 years ago

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Kjorn
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3 years ago

feminism is choosing what you want! CHOOSING... that was a thing woman didn't have few years ago. now they can choose. my wife chose to stay at home with our kids. she loved that. that doesn't make her less of a woman for that. sick of terrorrism feminism

Fiona Toms-Yarnton
Community Member
3 years ago

It doesn't make her MORE of a woman, either. Housework or paid work, nothing makes us more or less a woman. I am a woman because I AM. Feminism has been a great blessing for me, because not only am I able to be the woman I chose to be, but also regarded as a fully-fledged member of the human race.

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