Sunday 22 July 2018

Dr Ciara Kelly: 'I don't care what Jennifer Lawrence wears if she's happy'

Dr Ciara Kelly
Dr Ciara Kelly

Ciara Kelly

Did you see the recent controversy about Jennifer Lawrence's dress at a photocall for her latest movie? She was wearing a black, strappy, evening dress with a slit up the front so basically her arms, legs, back and chest were bare. It was a perfectly nice, evening dress that wasn't so skimpy that anyone would criticise it - but the furore was to do with the fact that she was wearing it while her four male co-stars were wearing coats and scarves and jumpers.

It was the difference between their attire and hers rather than the dress itself that drew the criticism.

The men were dressed for the obviously cold weather. She was clearly not. They were well covered up. She had a fair bit of skin exposed, including her thigh, and a lot of her breasts. "It highlighted the difference between how men and women are treated," said one group of feminists. "Don't tell women what they should wear," said another. And it struck me that women's bodies are becoming a battleground for feminists in the fight for equality. Grid girls being done away with at F1 races. Walk-on models being dropped from darts championships. J-Law getting it in the neck for her dress. It's a continuum. And women's bodies are where the battle lines are being drawn.

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