Young female club goers in Britain are barely dressing and the Daily Mail is confused. We're confused about why they're confused, but their confusion isn't even really where our confusion begins.
Are you confused yet?
It turns out ladies all over the club scene in Britain (and who are we trying to kid? The U.S., too!), ages 17 to ... whatever, won't leave their house without fake lashes, hair, boobs and faces by way of extensions, push-up bras and pounds of makeup, bronzer and fake tanning chemicals. And if that isn't enough, screw the little black dress. It's just not small enough. We're going all out with the micromini black dress and six inch stripper heels. All in the name of ... confidence?
The Daily Mail is calling it “stripper chic”, and asks, “Why do they cheapen themselves so — especially at a time when young women have never had a greater opportunity to reject crass sexual stereotypes of old.”
However, these ladies aren't deterred. They look good and they know it thanks to all the male heads swiveling in their direction when they walk by. And let's not forget the fellas who get handsy. But some say there are definitely downfalls.
“The only problem is that this isn’t what we really look like,” says Amber Davies, a 21-year-old full–time mother from Bristol. “In the morning, you’d be there without your hair extensions, make-up and false eyelashes, or your body-control pants — and you’d look completely different. Nobody knows what you really look like when you’re dressed up like this.”
After watching women being groped and pushed into bars by strange men, Leanne McGinley, a mother of two, says that, for her, it's just about looking good, not the male attention. “I do find the male attention irritating. But it would feel a bit weird if there wasn’t any.”
McGinley seems to be among the minority, though.
Joanne Avery, 23, a clerical assistant, says she'd never wear jeans out because she's “looking for a bit of totty. You have to dress in a certain way to get attention. If you’ve got tits, it helps. It does make me feel more confident. I’m a slut, but it’s okay to be a slut as long as you use protection, which most people don’t.”