In part 1 I talked about women in general and how they’e stigmatised for “slutty” outfits. But older women are often laughed at even more than their younger sisters, as being “mutton dressed as lamb”. The arguments for and against shaming her are something like this:
Society: She’s immature.
Questioner: Why? You set the standard for immaturity versus maturity. There is no fixed human standard of dressing. You do not call tribespeople who are scantily clad “mutton dressed as lamb”.
Society: But she belongs to this society, so she must be more immature than other women to dress that way when other women of the same culture don’t.
Questioner: Or maybe she is more mature, and has transcended you. Maybe she is free and not bound by your dictates.
Society: It’s worse when an older woman dresses slutty.
Questioner: Why? Why is it worse than a young woman? Because we see firm youg bodies as more sexy? Older men don’t always agree; they prefer women of their age. Or is it that you think older women aren’t entitled to a sex drive anymore?
Society: OK, I’m changing tack. It looks stupid. It looks cheap and tacky.
Questioner: Because that’s your opinion; you feel this way and dictate your preferred mode of dressing to your subjects. These are your prejudices. Next you’ll be telling us women shouldn’t be having too much sex or selling sexual services.
Society: Um, well…yes, that is how I feel about all women.
Questioner: I rest my case, and may your illogical dictates burn in hell when we finally overthrow them.