Women routinely have to spend more money, and more time, to make ourselves visually presentable and fit society’s basic expectations of grooming… And of course, women get caught in a very nasty double bind with all this. If we aren’t successful at fitting society’s beauty standards, we’re dismissed as ugly and boring; if we do manage to meet society’s beauty standards, we get dismissed as dumb, shallow bimbos. We’re valued for our looks, encouraged and indeed pressured to make ourselves beautiful and ornamental… and are then derided as shallow and vain for doing so.
Ugh. Yes. This. I have to dress business casual for my job but I normally wear jeans and a tshirt. I only have about 5 business casual tops and only one pair of pants. I need to buy more clothes, but I don’t have any money because I just started. And it can be really hard to find tops that work on me because I have big boobs and a big fat belly to match. A lot of clothes make me look pregnant, are too low-cut, or just don’t fit over my boobs at all. It ain’t easy being female.