Cultural Norms and Commodification of Women’s Bodies


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Cultural Norms and Commodification of Women’s Bodies

This article covers the occurrence of visible injuries on models’ feet during major Fashion Week runway shows. Models walked in uncomfortable, ill-fitting, impractical shoes for so long and at such a high speed that they sustained injuries. Fashion Week and the fashion world in general has been critiqued for disrespecting women’s bodies and creating unrealistic beauty standards, but visible injury is a new level of using women’s bodies as ways to make money while ignoring their needs. Calling out the actions of large fashion houses, since fashion is such an important part of our culture, and there is so much money invested in the fashion industry, is a form of deviance. However, this deviance is a rational choice – pointing out sexist tendencies that are social norms helps to make steps to reduce inequality that women as an oppressed group feel.

Submitted by Ellie Parrish

Submitted by Elspeth Parrish

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1 thought on “Cultural Norms and Commodification of Women’s Bodies

  1. David Croteau

    Maybe I’m just an optimist but this is the sort of thing that I’d hope in the not-too-distant future we’d look back upon and say, “What the @#$% were they thinking?!”

    Crazy and sad….but a good post.

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