I was inspired by the blog I Hurt I Am In Fashion to revive this 2008 post.


This New York Times fashion slide show offers image after image demonstrating our society’s bizarre infatuation with posing women looking awkward, even deformed, frightened, compromised, uncomfortable, even in pain.

I am unsure what to make, particularly, of the interest in images in which women are in dirty and uncomfortable, even painful, places and positions (see the “Maiden Voyage” spread with women in the shipyard in the NYT slide show linked to above). Do we hate women that much? Or is it about something else (also)?

Marie Claire Italia:

W Magazine:

V60 Magazine:

The Ones2Watch:

Fashion Gone Rogue:


Neo2 Magazine:

Examples from 2008:

Lisa Wade, PhD is an Associate Professor at Tulane University. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture; a textbook about gender; and a forthcoming introductory text: Terrible Magnificent Sociology. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.