Ayesha Curry is Steph “cooking with the pot” Curry of the Golden State Warriors wife and mother to his two adorable kids. About a week ago she said something that caused enough controversy to actually overshadow the birth of America’s first royal son, Saint Kardashian-West. Yes, her tweet actually trended on twitter over the birth of Kim Kardashian’s son. What could she have possibly said that caused this much controversy?
Choosing to wear clothes that are more on the modest side and covering up more of your body is perfectly fine. Ayesha walked a very thin line with this one. She uplifts herself while slyly shaming women who choose to do the opposite. That is not fine.
Feminism is about choice. Sometimes other women will choose to live in a way that you don’t agree with, but it is important to respect their choices. Ayesha’s comments were not respectful of other women’s choice to expose their body. Saying someone who chooses to dress “trendy” is not “classy” is essentially slut shaming them. Self respect has nothing to do with outward appearance and everything to do with inward acceptance of oneself. And, self respect has to do with SELF, not everyone around you deeming whether or not you have self respect. If a woman chooses to wear a bra and thong underwear and post a picture she can have as much self respect as a nun.
Ayesha’s comments perpetuate rape culture, the idea that a woman is “asking for it” if she is dressed or acts a certain way. Her comments actually unleashed a floodgate where other twitter users tweeted awful abuse at people who disagreed with Ayesha’s comments. Some users went as far as calling women who do not agree with Ayesha “hoes” with no morals. Women should not feel attacked for wearing what they feel comfortable in or for expressing themselves in any way they feel comfortable. If Ayesha feels more comfortable covered up, as many women do, that is perfectly acceptable. It is not acceptable for her to use her platform as a celebrity to shame other women for their choices. It also sucks that we live in a world full of men trying to tell us what we can and cannot wear, and we have other women trying to do the same instead of uplifting one another.