“Traditional” feminists — which, if you’ve read our site disclaimer, we are not — have long felt that a woman who would torture herself by placing rat-stabbers on her feet are less of a help to women and more of a hindrance.
However, a related story on the Daily Mail states that heels are, indeed, a reinforcing factor for women’s capabilities in the office and other settings, personal and professional alike.
According to psychologist Cecilia d’Felice, the message that stilettos are supposed to pass on in the workplace is that high heels give not so much an ‘I want to turn you on’ vibe as ‘I want to take you on.’
The validity and purpose of wearing heels has long been disputed, but like any other major fashion staple over the years, heels tall or short have never gone out of style. Even when heels were “banned” in the Marie Antoinette-era days, fashionable women always found a way to work them into their wardrobes. Heels have long been a sexual staple as well, exuding confidence and fertility, as the position and curvature of the pelvis and hip changes from that of what a woman normally maintains in bare feet or flats. Evidently the tip of your hip really does it, as far as The Feminine Allure goes.
I personally love heels. However, due to current circumstances beyond my control, I haven’t worn them in quite a while. There were times where heels would be my sole footwear for months on end. Incidentally, due to a broken toe that never really healed correctly, my heels-wearing days have recently been limited. I do, however, look quite forward to the day when I can break out my best pair of patent Italian leather four-inchers and strut my stuff about the office like I actually do kick the ass and take the names that I claim to.
So what do you ladies think about heels? Do you love them or hate them? Do you agree with more traditional feminists that heels place women on a sexual pedestal and belittle their minds with their “elevated” simplicity?