Talking Astrophysics In That Little Black Number

Women think it annoying, even oppressive, that they need to wear “serious” clothes in order to be taken seriously; it is not a good idea, for example, to pursue an intellectual argument wearing the famous “little black number”. They also think it odd that men can with impunity wear the same clothes for many different roles; for example that they can wear the same suit to court as to a romantic dinner.

This is, however, because nothing that a man normally wears conveys the same message as the “little black number”. That is, nothing that explicitly invites a counterparty to contemplate him purely as a sexual object. Perhaps such a costume might be found in a gay sex shop, I wouldn’t know.

Furthermore, there exists an article of female footwear called “fuck-me shoes”. There is no male equivalent, because for a man to say to a strange woman, “I am fuckable” makes no sense; that he is fuckable is his default setting. Since women are the choosers, it makes perfect sense to have their various choosing parameters signalled by means of their clothing. That might even be how clothing began – as a way for female naked apes to signal sexual intentions, the equivalent of the baboon’s genital colouration. Given this is so, women’s common insistence that they should be able to wear whatever they like without having it perceived as sexual signalling is disingenuous – at best social illiteracy, at worst malignant games-playing.

For a woman to wear a cocktail dress that barely covers her body and then expect to have her opinions taken seriously shows either complete incomprehension of human nature, or else – and far more probably – thumping bad faith. She has chosen to signal a particular thing, and then complains when that signal is understood correctly. A man might as well go to interview at a funeral home in a Ronald McDonald suit. The little black number says, not “I am here to discuss cosmology or health care reform”, but “I am here to see if there is anyone worthy of fucking me”. If a woman does not want to say this, then why is she saying it? If she wants to be “taken seriously”, that is, to present herself as something other than sexually available, she should go change. And indeed, there was a time when intellectual women wore tweeds. There is no human right to transmit mendacious signals and not be called on it.

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