Cate Blanchett, goddess of style

http://www.elleuk.com/life-and-culture/culture/articles/a39520/cate-blanchett-on-women-dressing-sexy/

I just love her so much.

“For me, the true icons of style are always those women who’ve been utterly themselves without apology, whose physical presence and their aesthetic is really integrated in a non self-conscious way into part of who they are, and women who know how they look is not all of who they are, but just an extension of that. It’s about women who feel free to wear what they want when they want and how they want to wear it. We all like looking sexy, but it doesn’t mean we want to f*ck you.

It’s an expression, it has literally nothing to do with men.
Women do fashion for themselves and possibly other women. Maybe.

It’s intrasexual competition, the men don’t even need to be present.
It’s like our gym selfies. Bad example but you really want to be superior to the other men, don’t you?

Do you think men can discern a pair of Jimmy Choos on sight?
Well, not the straight ones!

The ones who’d notice? …I don’t think attracting them is gonna work…

It’s the plot twist to our films because we all get it and you don’t. So much for airhead flicking through Vogue, huh? Visual language and symbology should technically be the male specialty. However, we care about nest-building. That’s why. Men pimp out cars and buy new tools. Same thing.

If men want us to get presumptive and judgy about your sartorial self-expressions then fine, but you wouldn’t like that Choo on the other foot. You complained about the joke about the shoes in SATC literally years ago.* Men are more touchy on the way they dress than the bulk of women, maybe because we’re used to hemline discussions from Kindergarten.

It’s catch 22, we can’t win.

If we dress nice, we like ourselves or are we vain or do we hate ourselves? The invitation to harassment thing is silly, and doesn’t take note of how predators work: they look for insecurity.

If we give up, we’re somehow less of a woman, depressed, crazy and proud of how we look without makeup (like a man). It’s the most ridiculous reasoning, the circuitous bitchiness that personalizes a choice we all must make, since we legally must wear clothes and shops only stock a certain price range and style type. It isn’t about you, it’s nothing to do with observers. Yet you are part of this system and sending signals. Why do ‘sexy men’ go topless? That’s how gay men like them, not women. Must we presume any man in a nice suit is a slut?

This film was a god-damn masterpiece.

Even nuns do fashion. It’s the feminine thing to do. We’re not the sex evolved to present, we’re the sex that selects. Read a bloody book before you prattle on being wrong about evolution.

*It was funny because men are generally clueless about the messages they give out (signals) and expect us not to pick up on them because they don’t care. Yes, we can tell you don’t care. However, you are the sex that should care so it’s funny. You should care because your power is only in asking us out. The rest is us. Insulting us and what we like and our gender role as selective is just ludicrously funny.

If you want to date someone with male psychology, you gay.

It isn’t about the cost of shoes, it’s the choice. If you have bad taste and decision-making, we don’t like you. Similarly, a man who actually takes another man’s style. We can’t stand those, they’re the worst. It’s like implants on a woman.

1. Be civil. 2. Be logical or fair. 3. Do not bore me.

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