Every women’s magazine I have picked up for the past couple of years has shown women in stiletto heels as the fashion “must.” (Oprah wears them, as do most of her female guests.) It’s as if women’s relatively new, prominent, and accepted role in the business world – a role that is often considered tough, hard, and aggressive – is being deliberately “feminized” by the femme fatale look of a stiletto shoe worn with a power suit.
Considering the research on the health problems posed by these kinds of “dagger” shoes, and the connection of them to erotica, and the history of shoes and how many styles were developed by men to keep women in subordinate roles – I am confused by the trend to wear them.
Having been around long enough to celebrate the demise of “high heels” (when women were burning their bras), and demoralized by their return, I began to look around at the women I know who homeschool their kids. Not one, that I’m aware of, wears stiletto heels. Perhaps it’s because we tend to think outside of cultural norms and be less susceptible to them.
Then, it occurred to me – how would I really know? I don’t see the homeschool moms except at park days – hardly the place for stilettos. It would be totally impractical – you’d sink into the lawn with every step!
So, my question is this – do any of you homeschool moms wear stilettos either as a fashion statement when you go out on the town, or when you have a business meeting (if you also happen to work or have a home-based business)?
And if you do, would you be kind enough to explain to me why? I am struggling to understand this clothing statement by a younger generation of women.
Thanks in advance for any insight you can provide.