Part of our Ever Popular Series, Headlines In The Guardian Which Prove Betteridge’s Law.

What is the focus of sexual attention, which bit of sex is emphasised, changes with fashion. But not the attention nor the sex:

What women wear has always been part and parcel of sexual politics. But, 18 months after MeToo was born, has fashion’s centre of gravity moved away from sex?

9 thoughts on “No”

  1. TBF Jessica answers the headline question almost straightaway along the same lines as Tim. But of course nothing has changed, they don’t even have to change the fashion journalism algorithm for mee2. That is [xxxxx] has happened recently therefore [suede vests] are deeply out and the events of [YYYY] combined with [Ceasar McGenius’s] flair for what women want means that now [woollen pants] are a must have.

  2. “The highly visually literate modern fashion consumer is attuned to such subtleties, which is precisely why the dog-whistle crassness of Victoria’s Secret feels so out of step with our times.”

    I do wonder about some women. The clobber you wear that gets the blood rushing to the right areas of a man is constant. What arouses men has been about the same stuff for 70 years, based on popular pinups.

  3. Fashion is for women. Women dress for other women, to impress them or to compete with them, but with no thought of what a man might think.

    In any normal office the females will be able to tell you what the other women wore yesterday and the day before. The men won’t have a clue about the clothes of either sex.

  4. Victoria’s Secret does not feel out of step to me and I doubt it ever will, even if/when the puritan-Muslim nexus reaches a singularity and all women are dressed in black trousers and black tops under black body bags.

  5. black trousers and black tops under black body bags.

    And, under that lot, a lot of them wear Victoria’s stuff. See fashion district in Dubai, international flights out of Riyadh, etc.

  6. @rhoda klapp February 14, 2019 at 3:29 pm


    Case in point, a Swiss friend’s GF dyed her long dark brown hair Red (red, not reddish-brown) – he didn’t notice.

    Often I wish I did notice what they wore eg finding Mrs Pcar in Tesco

  7. Sexual politics?

    Is this like “social justice?” Where you ad the word “social” and it becomes meaningless?

    Sexual justice?

    Sexual equality?

    Sexual geography?

    Sexual chemistry?

    Oh, okay, that one is real.

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