Editor's note: Every year around this time, many audiences are deeply enchanted by the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. It is considered the biggest fashion show of the year. However, some criticise the show as such a blatant example of out-of-control objectification of women. What do you say to that? Forum readers share with us their ideas.
Chinese supermodel Liu Wen walks on the runway with Swarovski crystals during Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France. [Photo/VCG]
I used to think a bunch of women parading around in their underwear was simply demeaning but I watched the show for about ten minutes the other day and had to change my tune. The girls looked healthy, beautiful and powerful. For a moment in time everyone wanted to be just like them. They were bigger than life, tall, statuesque and carried themselves like amazons on the prowl. The clothes were not just beautiful and sexual but also had a bit of an artistic flair to them. To top it off they had up to date trendy music playing in the background so it became more than just a fashion show. It was elevated to the level of a huge event broadcasted around the world. Kudos to them for giving women a platform to show beauty, art and feminine power.
I know women don't look like that. I've been attracted to women with different body types, hair. (Even short) Skin color, etc. These are women who have nice bodies, if they want to show off they can, I certainly don't mind. And I'm not just saying that because I am a teenage boy! I honestly don't mind if someone wants to show off their body, male or female.
Not at all. These women strive to be in the show. Beauty is nothing to be ashamed of.
Victoria's Secret shows are sexist against women. Women are the beautiful part of the human relationship between men and women which Victoria's Secret shows do not convey. These shows appeal to fantasies that some may have, but not all, in human life. They show the beauty of women as easily achievable without the feeling of emotional attachment. Apart from all the happiness, pain, love, hate etc that they experience and realize, the feeling of a relationship between women and men is very important and must be preserved.
Yes, the Victoria's Secret fashion show is sexist because its sole purpose is to sell lingerie displayed on models with unrealistic body shapes, and objectify and showcase women's bodies. This type of entertainment reinforces and perpetuates imagery featuring women in sexualized situations, and promotes the damaging idea that women must be attractive to men and sexy at all times, and at an unattainable standard of beauty.
To show men in the audience staring at the women on display sends a clear message about power. Men control the gaze, and women are the object of the gaze.