….wild is the wind…creative freedom is the seed….
The world is going Puritanically crazy again, if I have to blog twice in 3 days about social sexual repression and personal issues projected outwards to others!
Get this, in 2012, in Brighton, I got told by x4 old ladies in a local cafe that my Skirt was Too Short!
Yes, here I was just hanging out with my Brazillian Friend in the beautiful sunshine, going into a cafe to order a coffee to wait for her to finish her shopping, when an old lady said, “Excuse me, I don’t know if you notice but your skirt is really short and we can almost see your bottom when you walk past!”
Then from another table, another x2 ladies said,”Yes, we noticed it too.”
I said , rather amused,”Well, its okay, I have a tan and I’m wearing a bikini underneath.”
The old lady then said,”Well, you can go and buy some leggings to cover up in the shops. That’s what you should do.”
She was not being unkind but by this time I was really shocked because didn’t her generation invented the Mini-skirt?
Some woman called Mary Quant made it high couture?
So again I said,”No, I’m okay with it. Thanks. Its a cute skirt.”
The remaining x3 chimed in,”Okay, now, you just remember it gets windy AND don’t bend over.”
I had to laugh it off. Afterall, it was all too weird that the world has gone into just a strange cycle, the Shocking mini-skirt, which is no longer shocking in Asia (when it once was the absolute height of “sluttiness”) had made a full circle and magically became shocking to the very generation (who are all now aging in Britain) who popularised it.
It made me think,”Wow, if we are not careful, in our old age we will probably adopt the conservative prejudices of our parents generation! I must be vigilant. “
I am willing to bet my money that the old lady was repeating what the old ladies in her generation (when she was WEARING aforementioned “too short skirt where you can nearly see your bottom”) said to her!
Which makes me wonder, why would those repressed, horrible Femi-Nazies of my generation and younger, advocate covering up naked Greek Statues with their hideous unartistic, Troglodytic home-knitting ?
Maybe when they were young and not middle-aged , having mid-life crisis about motherhood, wivedom, singledom etc…somewhere in there they got a terrible message that they should be ashamed of wearing a short skirt?
I don’t know. I love the mini-skirt because it is just such a wonderful symbol of Post-modern Feminine empowerment.
I guess if you feel a little bit powerless in the world, you start repeating stupid crap that was internalised.
But maybe your job is not to go online amassing other equally insecure and unhappy women to play fashion police to other happy, confident, successful, empowered and modern women they should feel bad about NOT feeling bad about being 100% INTO their own aerobicised, tanned and happy rearend!
Maybe the way to happiness is to be able to just say,”Stuff it, I really like me in a mini-skirt because damn it, I look great because I’m expressing my creative energy in something else other than talking about popping out babies, going on about his overtime or why I’m offended by this or that in the world. I’m just having the time of my life and I want to sashay in a mini-skirt today in the sun!”
Anyway, this is not a serious blog. I had a wonderful coffee with my friend. She is like a waitor magnate because most of the waitors are of Italian descent and they giggle in Italian together, while I just smile blankly and repeat “Gracie…Prego….Gracie…” whenever they move coffee, food, extra minty chocolates and other items around me.
People should spend more time Chasing their own La Dolce Vita and less time fashion or art policing other people’s lives.
Because when my friend and I walked home, we are still humming “Non, je ne regrette rien” and other Edith Piaf songs, swinging our mini-skirts in the sun! 🙂