By: Courtney Smith
While browsing through my own Twitter feed, I noticed the hashtag #DressLikeAWoman trending on Twitter and being mentioned on many accounts I follow. After a bit of investigation, I learned that on Friday, February 2nd, a video on Axios called “Trump 101: The producer of his own epic film” went viral. Like almost anything related to Trump in the days since his inauguration, it was followed by controversy and outrage. In the video, through an unverified source, it is implied that President Trump prefers his female employees to “dress like a woman”. Let’s just pause here for a moment. What does that even mean?! A woman wakes up, puts on anything she wants, and she is therefore dressing like a woman. How can anyone other than a woman tells us we are dressing incorrectly? Why is there the crazy misconception to some people that there is only one unified way to dress like a woman? This concept that the fairer sex should waltz around in stilettos at every moment also confines women to jobs that are stereotyped as women’s jobs such as secretaries or teachers. What about female doctors, firefighters, chefs, or the many other professions where a pencil skirt is less than ideal attire?
Based on his many misogynistic comments, I’m betting Trump’s ideas on how a woman should dress come from the 1950’s and include a form-fitting dress, high heels, and perhaps even a pearl necklace or decorative scarf. An unnamed source told Axios that many women felt pressured to wear dresses in order to impress the Donald.
While there is nothing wrong with women who dress like that or that style of dress in general, it is an outdated way of categorizing women and does not encompass the diversity and creativity of many women and how they choose to express themselves through clothing. Many Trump critics and #NastyWomen then took to social media to remind Trump that there is no one way to dress like a woman, and they showed exactly what dressing like a woman means to them.
Many women showed themselves in their professional clothing that cannot accommodate dresses and heels.
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Other images included police officers, surgeons, androgynous women, and many, many more. There is no one way to dress like a woman. There never was. There never will be. Woman come in all different colors, shapes, sizes, and styles. Our minds are as different as our fingerprints.