A new wave of “skater skirts” have emerged as the latest trend in popular culture.
But for some, the trend is not so innocent.
Some people see the trend as a step backward in society, claiming it devalues women, but others argue that it has a positive impact.
It’s not about sex or nudity, but about women being treated equally and being able to express themselves, says Kate Fagan, a blogger for the popular fashion blog Bitch.
“It’s about the right to be free, and to have your own body,” she said.
She adds that women should not have to wear skirts to work or to school.
There’s also a cultural shift that suggests it’s okay for women to wear shorts to go out and enjoy themselves in public.
Instead, some say skirts are just “sneakers” that women wear to cover their legs, which they deem “unnatural.”
“If you don’t know how to dress in public, you don.
So you wear skirts,” said Fagan.
For many, the idea of “seamless” skirts is just another excuse for women who want to be “more comfortable” and wear clothes that are less revealing, said Fagons mom, Jennifer.
They are the opposite of a skirt.
While a skirt is not mandatory, it’s a step in the right direction, Fagan said.
“I think that skirts are the new ‘sexy’ in the industry,” she added.
“People want to feel like they’re more ‘semi-presentable’ and I think that makes a lot of people feel less comfortable,” she continued.
And while skirts may be a step forward, the backlash from men and women is still very much present.
Fagan says she has received “numerous” death threats.
The backlash from the online community has led to people calling for more awareness on the matter.
Many of those who have called for more activism on the issue have cited comments made by women who claimed that they had received death threats and rape threats.
“There’s no such thing as ‘safe’ in public,” Fagan told The Hill.
Still, she believes that there is a shift happening.
“People are recognizing that women are being judged in society on their appearance, but they’re not being judged for the work they do in their homes,” she concluded.
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