Originally posted on thisthatSAID:
By Nehad Khader
As humans and observers of other humans, we frequently pass judgment based on appearances. However, as a general rule—or perhaps, special exception to the rule—women’s appearances are far more scrutinized than are men’s. As identities and symbols, women’s appearances are also more political and politicized. The reason being stems from authorities of power—actual or self-anointed—and the significance of appearance within a particular power structure. From history to present, authorities of power have burdened the female body with the responsibility of reflecting their socio-political legitimacies.