institutional violence or a ticket to Kansas?
Visitors to earth from planet Wendy see the marketing of high healed shoes as institutionalised violence, targeting females. For some inexplicable reason hobbling, the risk of broken ankles, is an attractive female characteristic.
Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness.
The majority of females are complicit in perpetuating this violence. Visitors from planet Wendy are baffled by this complicity. Visitors keep their befuddlement under their stylish hats lest they cause offense, identifying themselves as targets for the near ubiquitous, rigorous enforcement regime.
What shoes should I wear to demonstrate my lack of complicity without attracting non-compliance social penalties? My tastes rarely coincide with high street fashion. My criteria for yesterday’s shoe purchase trip, in priority order, were
- must not introduce a risk of bodily injury when walking – I can fall over without artificial aides.
- comfortable – definitely bouncy soles and soft uppers
- can be worn to walk 4 miles per day on sidewalks and in buildings
- please or amuse members of the public, work colleagues and clients when I wear them to work
- give the impression that I’ve dressed-up a bit for a trip to the Theatre, Garden or Dinner party
- colour should sort-of go with some of the clothes I already own. A fairly open criteria favouring blue, black, grey, brown, white and orange.
I’ve wanted a pair of red shiny, low-heal, soft soled shoes ever since I first read the Wizard of Oz. This pair of Kansas hoppers closed the deal in the time it took to try them on. I only visted 2 shops, RESULT! All my criteria filled and MORE!
Waiting decades before finally meeting these shoes adds a special relish to our union
Unwrap the Edam, the cheese is on me!