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Does what a woman wears determine who she is?

Clothing has always been an integral part of human culture and society. It is a form of non-verbal communication that reveals a lot about a person – their tastes, personality, status, and even beliefs. However, does what a woman wears truly determine who she is? This question has been a subject of debate for many years, with opinions varying wildly. 
Firstly, it is important to acknowledge that clothes can serve as a powerful tool for self-expression. A woman has the freedom to choose what she wants to wear, and these choices can reflect several aspects of her personality. For instance, a woman who consistently opts for bold and vibrant colors might be displaying her bubbly and outgoing nature. On the other hand, a woman who prefers a minimalistic and monochromatic wardrobe might be expressing her love for simplicity and elegance. Therefore, in this aspect, what a woman wears can indeed provide a glimpse into who she is as an individual. 
Similarly, clothing can reflect a woman’s background without her knowing she is being judged as soon as she walks out of the house. When a woman is wearing something presentable, people think she might be a church girl or a woman who has her stuff together and that might not be the case. Now if a woman comes out of the house with all of her private life showing then people are going to look at her thinking she is easy to get with or easy to talk to just because of what she walked out the house looking like. I think women should dress presentable coming out of the house. Now, if she is going to a function with her friends, she should be able to wear what she wants because she is with her friends, and they are out having the time of their lives.   
However, while clothing can be a form of self-expression, it is essential to note that it does not determine a woman’s worth or capabilities. The value of a woman is not confined to her physical appearance or the clothes she wears but lies in her character, intellect, and actions. A woman in a power suit can be as compassionate as a woman in a sundress, and a woman in jeans and a T-shirt can be as intelligent as a woman in a lab coat. 
Moreover, societal expectations and stereotypes often influence women’s clothing choices. Women have been subjected to fashion rules and standards that dictate what is considered “appropriate” or “attractive.” These societal pressures can sometimes limit a woman’s freedom to dress as they please and express their true selves. It is crucial to challenge these norms and understand that a woman’s attire does not define her morality or professionalism. Economic factors can significantly influence a woman’s dress choices. Not all women have the luxury to choose what they wear due to financial constraints. This, however, does not lessen their worth or abilities. A woman’s economic status or her ability to afford certain clothing styles should not be a determinant of her value or potential. 
While clothing can serve as a form of expression and potentially provide insight into a woman’s personality, culture, or beliefs, it does not determine who she is entirely. A woman’s worth and identity lie far beyond her wardrobe. It is nestled within her character, her intellect, her strength, and her actions. We must remember that clothing is a choice and not a measure of a woman’s value or capabilities. Society should strive to look beyond the surface and appreciate women for who they truly are, rather than what they wear. 

Johnathan Stewart
Johnathan Stewart
Johnathan Stewart is a Junior Mass Communications major from Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He will be a contributor for The Campus Chronicle for the 2023-2024 school year.


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