I love this image so much.
I’ve seen some women who are offended by this and say it’s ridiculous that her cleavage is showing and things of that sort.
Personally, I think it’s great.
Why should we have an image of a women with her hair tied up and flexing her muscles like she’s a man? (not that that isn’t great too!) In a way it suggests that when our hair is down, our breasts are visible and we wear (GASP) lipstick, we’re somehow lesser than men? We can do it! We can be feminine and successful.
You see what I’m saying here, ladies?
You don’t have to lose your femininity. Being feminine is great. Being masculine is great. Strength is not limited to one way of being.
Whilst this is a lovely re-imagination of the original image of Rosie the Riveter, the commentary is a little off
The fact that it’s suggested the original image is ‘masculine’ because of the hair being tied back and the muscle flexing just reiterates the idea that those sort of things are un-feminine. you can be as muscly as all heck and shave your head and still present as femininely as you like, just like you can wear lipstick and wear your hair out and show some cleavage and present as femininely as you like.
Context is important- the original poster was created from a photograph of a factory worker. Rosie has her hair tied back for practicality’s sake, because I am 107% sure that if you get your hair caught in machinery you will scalp yourself. It’s also reflective of the pin-up style hair that was popular at the time (woah wait Alusha do you mean that’s a ~feminine~ hair style!?).
Rosie the Riveter’s since been re-appropriated as an image of feminist empowerment, and there are probably hundreds of different versions of it. This particular one is lovely and serves as perhaps a modern representation of some of the facets of feminism, but to present it as a challenge to the original is not helpful.
Given I have no idea what the article actually says, I don’t know how well this sits with me…