“Imagine only being able to shop in two shops – and everything was in the wrong shape, size, and only in a few colors. The styles are either ultra young or ultra old as well. I’m fed up with being unable to get what I want to wear – so I’ve looked into making my own! You can’t just size up to something a size 2 would wear, we’ve got totally different body proportions.”
The way we dress can be an integral tool for self-expression; from clothes and accessories to body modification. Like any form of creative expression, the interpretation process is left to the audience.
People learn about others’ feelings and emotions by picking up information they gather from physical appearance, verbal, and nonverbal communication. What happens when brands try to use culture for their benefit? Does it make shoppers more likely to purchase or does it repel shoppers when they see the appropriation?
Disability is something that is not often thought of in terms of sexuality. But why is this? (Most) humans are sexual creatures, and this certainly does not exclude individuals with disabilities.
As it turns out, high school boys do not have six-pack abs and a sexy disposition, they have pimples and ill-fitting, boxy t-shirts. High school girls do not wear heels to school every day and park their Porsches in front of high school each morning.
Our relationships to nudity, body, clothing, and self can be complicated, this is no secret, but through seeking to learn what’s out there and seeking to understand ourselves and our needs to the best of our abilities maybe we can begin to reject some of the negativity that manifests from these strains.