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How short is too short?

Women are often judged on what they wear. Either it’s too short, too revealing, too provocative, too loud, too tight or just inappropriate. Public shaming of women wearing too little or too much is on the rise, yet young women are adamant that they are NOT just about how they dress. It’s a worldwide issue but is it right to judge someone about their personal worth based on how they choose to explore fashion. If fashion is a form of self expression, does this kind of critique help a woman? Yet social norms deem otherwise. Here’s what Chirag Goyal have to say on this topic.

Chirag Goyal
CEO, Goyal Group Nepal & Director, Bottles Up Nepal

Everybody is judged based on their appearance so I think what a person wears does make a difference. Let’s be clear: In the big picture of ultimate reality, what you wear neither defines who you are as a person nor determines your value as a human being. However, fair or not, people judge us by the way we look and that includes the way we dress, especially at the workplace, clothing significantly influences how others perceive you and how they respond toward you. Basically, being dressed for the occasion is important. You can’t go to a rock concert in a saree or to your workplace in swimwear.

On the topic, if women should wear a short dress or not, I think everybody should be allowed to take their own decisions. There is nothing too short or too revealing if a girl can carry it confidently. Nobody should have a problem with that. We don’t raise issues when a man is wearing shorts or removing his t-shirt in front of everybody then why have a debate on what a woman should wear or not. Every girl is capable enough to decide what is good and what is bad for her.
In North India, there is a big debate going on in this matter where people are blaming clothing for sexual assaults. No girl wants to provoke someone to sexually assault her by wearing a short skirt. In fact, it’s the upbringing of the people and where they come from which makes them think this way.
Nepal is a free country and our citizens should have the right to wear whatever they want.