There’s a photo going around that illustrates an example of how skirt length can attribute to preconceived notions about the woman wearing it.
** Disclaimer: All photos in this post are used for illustration purposes only! **
An 18-year-old college freshman by the name of Rosea Lake created a display that quickly became viral, which shows a linear graph on a young woman’s legs that many feel could be close to accurate.
The photo, entitled “Judgements” was posted on her Tumblr page January 5th but something about it struck a chord online.
Within 24 hours of posting the image, Lake noticed that it had been re-blogged over 100,000 times, with many agreeing with the image and it’s description of what skirt length can say about a woman.
The photo, which Lake took as part of her AP high school art class last year, depicts the back of her friend Ali MacKenzie’s legs.
Horizontal lines are drawn up her leg, reflecting various skirt lengths, and next to each line is a description. Lake labelled the longest skirt length “matronly” and the shortest “whore.”
Check out the “Judgements” photo below and find out what your skirt length may be saying about YOU…
According to the HuffingtonPost, Lake got the idea for the photo from looking at graduated cylinders in her science class.
“[I wanted to] take the idea of impersonal, supposedly objective, measurement of things and put it on something that we do measure, but we don’t talk about,” she said.
Lake also expressed that working on the photo project forced her to reassess her own judgments about other women.
“I used to assume that all women who wore Hijabs were being oppressed … and look down on and judge any woman who didn’t express her sexuality in a way that I found appropriate,” she wrote on her Tumblr.
“I’d like to think I’m more open now.”
When asked why she thought the photo resonated so deeply with so many women, Lake chalked its momentum up to timing.
“It’s a concise, visually-attractive articulation of what a lot of women are thinking lately,” she said.
“Our society is ready to talk about [slut-shaming]. This just sort of gave it a push.”
Is Lake’s “Judgement” photo an accurate assessment of how people view skirt length?