Ariel Winter to people saying her shorts are too tight: ‘It’s summer. It’s hot.’


Stop me if you’ve heard this story before: Ariel Winter wore a very skimpy outfit the other day, took pictures that she posted to her social media, a bunch of trolls jumped on her thread to shame her for showing so much skin and Ariel called them out for it. Yes, obviously, you’ve heard it before because this happens to Ariel all.the.time. I’m not sure what spawned the latest round of “You Can’t Wear That” but I do know that after Ariel posted this to her Instagram:

First #stampede with the lovely Meaden family 💖

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she posted this tweet:

So I assume it was the #stampede pic that was the final straw. However, as Ariel asserts, she is constantly photographed wearing shorts so it was more likely several comments spread over several photos. This time, the criticism took two forms: the first was the refrain that Ariel was skimpily dressed and the second was that the shorts were too small, I guess? She was accused of “squeezing into them.” I know that because those are the two things Aril addressed when she released her statement firing back at those who littered her wall with hate:

I don’t need to tell you that I support Ariel’s right to wear whatever she wants, I’ve done that many times before. But I am a little frustrated with her. It feels a little like she’s feeding the trolls, Lena Dunham style. She knows that a group of people, for whatever perverse reason, is going to jump on her threads and holler about her clothing. Addressing it in the way she does only invites more attacks. Why not just say, “I loved this outfit,” or even, “I love the way my legs look in shorts.” That’s empowering. I also feel like Ariel has made this her cause, which I commend, but she needs to broaden her platform if she wants to be a true crusader. I wish she would defend more than just herself and Kim Kardashian when backlash occurs. Plus, I have an issue with her “It’s hot,” comment, although it’s a superficial issue. She can’t really claim she’s wearing minimal clothing because it’s hot when she has boots on. She has every right to wear what she wants but by misrepresenting why she is wearing a certain outfit, she’s detracting from her point.

To end on a more positive note, Ariel had a really sweet message for the men in her life last month. Remember that Ariel had to be removed from her home as a juvenile and was basically raised by her sister and brother-in-law. So she posted this to honor both her father and her brother-in-law whom she considers her step dad:

I know Ariel is still finding her voice and even though she drives me crazy, I don’t totally worry about her because I do think she is surrounded by people who have her best interests at heart. And I love that off-white outfit she’s wearing in her FD post.


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  1. Coop says:

    If you’re going to dress like a reject video vixen, be prepared to have the confidence of a video vixen. Otherwise, you ain’t pulling off the look girl.

    • astrid says:


    • jjj says:

      Yep. A quick google search will show you she has a habit of walking around with her butt hanging out. These are not clothes you wear because it’s hot outside, there are clothes you wear when you want attention. I absolutely disagree with people who call her a wh**e because of what she wears but as a feminist I’m really tired of women who sexualize themselves in every possible scenario and then throw their hands in the air and act all shocked people are commenting on their bodies and try to paint themselves as feminist warriors. “It’s just breasts, it’s just shorts, what do you want from me?” Honey, you know exactly what you’re doing. C’mon now.

      • Miss S says:

        ” I’m really tired of women who sexualize themselves in every possible scenario and then throw their hands in the air and act all shocked people are commenting on their bodies and try to paint themselves as feminist warriors.”


      • magnoliarose says:

        My feelings too.

      • detritus says:

        Women shouldn’t have to NOT sexualize themselves to be feminist warriors though, either. I’m a feminist if i’m wearing nothing, if i have electrical tape over my nipples and fishnets on, if I’m wearing a suit. Possibly not if I take it to the extreme ala Lindsey in AD and wear a “SLUT” shirt, but hopefully you get my point.

        What they wear is their choice and shouldnt impact their involvement in feminism. Everyone plays into the negative cultural norms to a certain extent, it is allowing women the options to choose that is the important part.

        Ariel doing this, imo, is more feminist that Ratajkowski, who embodies one of the current “pinnacles” of female form – super slim with large breasts, thick lips and she’s not ‘too dark’. Ratajkowski benefits daily from the norms she is fighting, Ariel does not.

        I’d be much more concerned if Ariel had internalized those dangerous beauty norms. I’m thinking Heidi Montag, the sad Stodden girl whose mother sold her into sexual slavery, Eve, Jocelyn Wildenstein, the girls from Geordie Shore, Jersey Shore and most reality TV. Even T Swift with her ever increasing bosom.

      • Otaku Fairy says:

        @detritus: Great points. I agree with you about Ariel Winter and that Emily R. isn’t challenging any patriarchal beauty norms, and that she benefits from them. But both of them are challenging the idea that women have to use sexual modesty to ‘earn’ feminism. (You’d think that in the 21st century, nobody left of Newt Gingritch would be telling women to “virginal” it up for human rights)

    • Marie says:


    • Otaku fairy says:

      Just the fact that she’s dressing the way that she wants to and not backing down ( which is what slut shaming is intended to do- scare and intimidate women into being more ladylike/virginal. It has darker purposes too though) or quietly accepting the ‘ it’s the natural order of things’ explanations women are offered takes some degree of confidence on her part- confidence in her feminist beliefs.

    • G says:

      YES. If she really wants to dress like that, and we have to assume that she does, then she should just own it. It’s not like she’s wearing any old “shorts and tank top” – it’s a very particular style, compounded by the way she tends to pose. Like Kylie Jenner.

  2. me says:

    Actually showing more skin while it’s hot will only make you hotter as there is more areas for the sun to hit your skin. You will see in really hot countries a lot of people wear long sleeve tops and pants made of cool white cotton and they will stay cooler than someone dressed like Ariel. She can wear what she wants, put she needs to stop with the “but it’s hot outside”.

    • Beth says:

      I live in Florida and it’s hot most of the time. Too tight, uncomfortable looking shorts aren’t something I’d wear while it’s hot out. They would probably be sweaty in less than a second and I’d have to peel them off.Definitely wouldn’t step outside with boots on a hot day either!

    • jjj says:

      Yeah, a white cotton skirt or linen pants would be much cooler than tight jeans. I mean it’s the thickest fabric you an get basically, and wearing jean shorts that are so tight they ride up your butt when it’s so hot is asking for a yeast infection.

    • isabelle says:

      Long flowy dresses are x10 cooler than any shorts. lived in middle east for sometime and was shocked at how long sleeves/longer pants or dresses can be cooler if its the right material.

    • Jay (the Canadian one) says:

      This will be true in places where the ambient temperature approaches or exceeds body temperature, where the air can’t cool you, but if the air is cooler (Stampede means Calgary Stampede? If so it’s currently 18C there) then exposure = more contact with cooler air.

  3. christy j says:

    I just think shorts that short look uncomfortable, but hey, maybe that’s just me. We should all be able to dress how we please without comment.

    • Mandymc says:

      They look so uncomfortable! I’d constantly be digging them out of unpleasant crevices.

  4. nemera34 says:

    She really has her own sense of style. I wouldn’t wear it; but I see lots of women walking around wearing similar or worse. I was going to say we live in strange times; but people have always dressed like this. It is now on social media and people have computers to comment about it.

    • isabelle says:

      Don’t think people have aways worn the shorts with butt cheeks out, our grandmothers & great grand mothers? Don’t think so.

      • LizLemonGotMarried says:

        I have a picture of my mother, now 65 and a grandmother, in a pair of teeny tiny short shorts and a t-shirt, no bra, with waterfall hair to her waist. She looked fantastic. I also have one of her in an itty bitty bikini with little flags all over it and a pair of high-water boots, chasing a rattlesnake with an axe, and her twin sister, my aunt, following her with a hoe. I die every time I see that picture.

        So maybe not in the twenties, but grandmothers? Hell ya. The grandmothers of today were the hellraisers of the 60s and 70s, and they dressed the part.

      • LaBlah says:

        Have plenty of photos of my mum who has five children and 3 grandchildren, in very short mini skirts and less. One grandchild is definitely old enough to have children of her own (and not in a teen mom way) so it’s absolutely not beyond reasonable that great grandmothers wore outfits every bit as skimpy.

  5. nicegirl says:

    The off white outfit is beautiful

  6. smcollins says:

    I’m not going to body shame, but I have no problem with fashion shaming. Chica is in desperate need of some serious styling tips, because her fashion choices are just awful.

    • minx says:

      That’s my feeling, too, her styling. The white outfit is cute and fits her well. That top getup makes me sorry for her buttcrack, it must have been screaming in pain.

    • Stacey says:

      Agreed about fashion shaming. Her outfits do look very uncomfortable. What really bothers me is her insistence on “not wearing a turtleneck” because it’s hot. Does she not realize there are ways to dress for the heat that DON’T involve showing your butt crack or wearing a turtleneck? It’s just a strange statement

    • Deanne says:

      That’s exactly my opinion. Her clothing choices are almost always tacky, ill fitting and look horrible on her. They also almost always seem to be completely wrong for the occasion. Show skin if that’s what you feel you need to do, but get help with your wardrobe. She looks really lovely in the white outfit. She has money and to ability to hire a stylist. She really does seem to be her own troll.

    • Erica_V says:

      THIS! She can wear whatever she wants but fugly is as fugly does and Imma call your outfit fugly AF when it deserves to be!

      She looks like she’s wearing the costume of what Courtney Stodden thinks you wear to a rodeo.

  7. Dragonlady Sakura says:

    I’m torn. While I think she is a terrible dresser, I also think no one should dictate what another person wears. Basically, she’s a fame hungry troll but then that’s her right. 😑

  8. Nimbolicious says:

    Idk. I’m all for #bodyconfidence but I also think there are parameters for appropriate dressing regardless of size or age or whatever and it doesn’t seem Ariel gets it right that way. Or maybe I’m just an old fart who doesn’t see the benefits of showing all boobs and all ass all the time.

    • swak says:

      I’m there with you about showing boobs and ass all the time (I’m definitely an old fart!) and that includes anyone, not just Ariel. Also, I cannot wear anything tight when it’s hot out. It’s just so uncomfortable.

  9. JA says:

    Attention seeker gets what she craves…. whats new

  10. Snowflake says:

    She’s not hurting anybody, people just need to leave her alone. I did the same thing when i was her age. Most young girls do it. If she had a flat stomach and was thin instead of curvy, people wouldn’t be on her case. So what if it doesn’t look good? Just let her be

    • Erinn says:

      My issue with her argument is saying that she’s dressing like that because it’s hot.

      Denim crammed up your butt isn’t going to keep you cool, neither are leather boots. She’d be cooler wearing the cropped white tank and a pair of cotton shorts, or even the yoga pants material shorts. But she wanted to dress in an over the top theme – why not just own that.

      • minx says:

        + 100000.

      • kacy says:

        Agreed Erinn. If you want to dress that way, own it. Don’t blame the heat.

      • dancemom says:

        I think she looks great in the white outfit, her sister looks like she was barely able to squeeze her top into the black dress though. Maybe some of her fashion choices are based on how her sister dresses? I’m not claiming to be an Ariel apologist as some of the outfits I’ve seen her in I would not want my daughters wearing (nor would my daughters ever dream of wearing) but as far as her western dress for the Stampede I’ve got to say I’ve seen lots of similar outfits. Ariel was in Calgary during the Calgary Stampede. The whole city dresses Western themed during this time and even though it was pretty hot in Calgary during Stampede cowboy boots are pretty much a must to complete the outfit. Stampede brings out the party animal in this city and she’s dressed pretty much the same as a lot of the other girls wandering around the Stampede grounds so I’ll give her a bit of a pass this time round. As a side note I’m laughing at her boyfriend’s mom posing with that much leg showing given that she’s a High School Principal who enforces a dress code, but yes I know it’s a long dress she’s wearing and only a pose!

    • magnoliarose says:

      Her lame excuses give me a case of the eye rolls. In the other photo she has on a turtle neck cowl thing so please. She likes dressing provocatively with denim jammed up her crevices. I guess chafing isn’t an issue.

  11. Reef says:

    lol, this girl is epitome of EXTRA ever since her parental emancipation. She must be exhausting in real life.

  12. Esprit says:

    One day she is gonna look back at her wacky outfits and cringe so hard. I know I do when I think about my own teenage years, lol…And just like Ariel I refused to listen to reason too

    • Shijel says:

      I don’t know. I dressed poorly in a different way, but all I can think about my teen/early 20s self is “oh my god I was so adorably earnest with my “statement””.

  13. WingKingdom says:

    It’s her body and she can dress it however she likes. She owes no explanations. They say youth is wasted on the young, but not on Ariel- she is enjoying every second of her youth, and good for her.

  14. Amelie says:

    She can dress however she wants but that won’t stop people from judging her unfortunately. I’ll admit I judge her for dressing like that. I mean I judge men who run around shirtless in the streets of NYC during the summer and subject all of us to their shirtless bodies on the subway. Just because you’re a guy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be wearing a shirt! #rantover

  15. slowsnow says:

    She posts pics of her toned and very curvy body with skimpy clothes, trolls comment, she comments back, she gets an akward post on Celebitchy.
    My point of view: stop posting this circular phenomenon that many girls her age go through but on a private level. She is behaving like many girls her age do and it’s not interesting. It’s actually annoying to read.
    If it’s really her style, she’ll stick to it and it will have an impact on her career but I am pretty sure she knows the dangers.

  16. Kristen says:

    Oh, she looks fine. The only issue I have with the shorts is they look ungodly uncomfortable like they’d be riding up into nooks and crevices that they have no business being in… But whatever. If she wasn’t doing a lot of walking around or sweating, probably a non-issue.

  17. JEM says:

    I kind of feel bad for her. She just seems so young to me, despite her attempts to look and act like an adult. Plus her boyfriend is a grown man. It’s gross.

  18. D says:

    I feel like she really wants to be Kylie Jenner

    • Aren says:

      Apparently she has even worn the same clothes than Kylie on various occasions.
      Sadly the Jenner girl seems to be a role model for many girls.

  19. perplexed says:

    I don’t care what she wears but I do think she has terrible fashion sense.

    I don’t think it’s the shortness of the clothes that is necessarily the problem.

  20. CommentingBunny says:

    I know it’s completely beside the point … but last night I went to the Calgary Stampede for the first time. No 1, it was amazing; No 2, half the young women I saw there were dressed the same way, in short shorts, cowboy boots and cowboy hats. I think she looks cute, and I also think it’s not my business to have an opinion on it.

    • dancemom says:

      Glad you enjoyed the Stampede! I didn’t see your comment when I commented above about what she’s wearing is not that unusual for the Stampede. Not that I agree with how she dresses most of the time though but I’m not her so it really doesn’t matter to her how I feel about how she dresses. My daughter’s wore shorts to the stampede that were longer than hers but still not quite long enough for their dad (haha) that I was fine with so everyone has their own limits on what is acceptable. Of the occasional picture I see of her I do think that she tends to dress for attention but that’s just my armchair physchology so that and $2 will get you a coffee!

  21. oh come on says:

    she can do whatever she wants, she’s an adult
    i am really sick of this routine she’s established. wear something super-unflattering that shows off as much skin as possible, wait for the blogs to comment on how unflattering/naked she is, “go awf” on “THE MEDIA” and how it’s totes mcgoats unfair that someone wrote about her in anything other than glowing terms, get cookies from twitter for being “fierce” and “brave”, repeat.
    like it’s fine – do you girl – but even her biggest stans have to admit you can set your watch by it at this point. mix it up girl. get caught doing anal on a bus or something. just stop being so god damn boring.

    • Lilly says:

      Exactly! It’s so obvious to me that she’s courting this attention and if people were to ignore her as she asks, I don’t think she’d be too happy.

      I hate this idea that you post pics of yourself daily, people criticise your pics, you defend your pics = Girl Power!

  22. LadyT says:

    At least come from a place of truthfulness. She describes her outfit as “wearing shorts.” While technically correct it’s not the issue. It’s the 1 inch inseam, the stripper boots, the cleavage, the midriff etc etc. that bring on the comments. Wear what you will—but own it. Being indignant over attacks about “wearing shorts” is being deliberately obtuse.

  23. Chingona says:

    Ariel’s mother abused her physically, mentally, verbally, emotionally and like I said before I wouldn’t put it past that horrible mother to have put her at a very young age in sexual situations for money or fame. The mother tried to alienate Ariel and her sister from her father. She also stole from the sisters the money that they were earning from very young. Both of these women emacipated at an early age in order to get away from their mother and take control of their own finances. Ariel may now be dressing this way because victims of sexual abuse can become hypersexualized and the attention they derive from others feed their self worth, or she could be dressing like this in order to signify her independence, or maybe just because she wants to. Either way the amount of criticism that she receives for dressing this way, why. I have never seen her drunk or drugged out, she is in a long term relationship, she is very well liked by all her costars, and is responsible working adult. She is doing a lot better than what most people who grow up this way do, so maybe everyone should direct their criticism to someone more warranted like her mother and not at someone who likes wearing tiny shorts.

    • detritus says:

      I always viewed this as a phase for her too, likely due to the controlling nature of her mom.

      It doesn’t matter if it isn’t though. CoCo dressed identical to Ariel.

      I just wish people dropped this morality thing where the amount of clothing you wear is somehow related to your value. Women aren’t sluts for wearing tube tops, belly tops and short shorts. It’s a gross double standard where we attack women for wanting attention for their bodies, after telling them its the biggest portion of their worth.

      • Aren says:

        CoCo is in the sex industry though, pics of her fully naked are not rare.
        There are stories that she was one of Ice-‘s prostitutes, which is why I absolutely cannot stand Ice-T.

    • Tulip Garden says:

      I know little about Ariel except that she has had serious problems with her Mother, an abusive situation. I have a hard time thinking that all of that doesn’t come into play with her attention seeking apparel. She might have dressed this way, regardless, but I have a difficult time believing that a healthy home life might not have caused different decision-making.

      She is young and this isn’t going to hurt her career at all. It does just seem kind of sad to me. I’m sure to younger people it is probably no big deal either way. Everyone seems to post everything to social media as the stars of their own reality shows. This is just what she wants to present.

    • mayamae says:

      I think it’s also significant that she grew up on a show where her character is constantly compared to the little waif sister looks-wise , and always found lacking. Added to that, before her breast reduction, they kept her character covered in yards of sweatshirts which made her look over weight. That can give a growing teen a huge complex. Tracey Gold developed anorexia, at least in part, due to the way her character was treated – chubby and homely – as compared to super stud older brother. The fact that this trend continues on TV is sad.

  24. Twink says:

    Where do the trolls live though that they’re shocked by her outfit? I see girls wearing what she wears all the time in SF. No on stares unless they’re obviously tourists.

    • Chingona says:

      Right, I live in a pretty small town in South Florida and have seen girls dressed in a smilar way. Its 2017, who cares how others dress.

  25. SolitaryAngel says:

    I don’t know if she was hypersexualized or not; I do feel that she is a young woman who is trying to find her own personal style and may go through many different styles of dress before she finds what suits her. All of us girls have done that; most of us got some maturity and began to understand what the difference was/is between feeling sexy and looking slutty. I think there is a fine line between the two. My cousin, who is now 42, never matured enough to understand that and though I love her like a sister and have tried gentle advice she still dresses like a truckstop hooker, bless her heart. Nothing anyone says gets through to her.

    I think this girl thrives on attention of any kind. The more we give the more she’ll want.

    • Otaku fairy says:

      The idea that there’s such a thing as a ‘slut’ or dressing like one is based on patriarchal definitions of morality and consent. It’s one thing to not like an individual’s fashion sense, but when we start using misogynistic slurs , sex acts, and marginalized groups of people as criticisms of women who don’t meet our own personal standard of modest sexiness, our own personal internalized misogyny is coming out, even if it’s not intentional.

      • Doc says:


      • LaBlah says:

        These threads always depress the hell out of me. Posters on this site like to think of themselves as generally socially progressive but there are always WAY more comments saying certain clothing looks slutty/not classy/cheap/like a stripper/sex worker than ones pointing out what you have Otaku.

        Slut doesn’t mean anything, it’s just a gendered insult. Class has nothing to do with clothing. The value of a woman has nothing to do with how much or how little skin she shows and working in the sex industry should not be viewed as a go to slur.

        People can bang on about girl power or being fierce or cheer whatever celeb just called themself a feminist on twitter but it’s totally meaningless when their real views are exposed by this shit.

  26. mkyarwood says:

    Okay, she does dress like a pinup but… she can carry it off? I love the way she looks, and PLEASE, every single girl under 20 has been wearing jeans underwear for at least 5 years. I look away, myself because it looks SO uncomfortable.

    • perplexed says:

      I don’t think she carries it off.

      Some people dress sexy and they look fine (J-Lo?). Honestly, I think it’s the ugliness of this girl’s combination of clothes I find off-putting, not the sexiness.

  27. Marie says:

    She’d be hot if she lost weight.

  28. Miss S says:

    Person posts photos on social media account focused on images –> One of the characteristics of social media is inviting feedback from others and therefore comments are given –> person doesn’t like the feedback received –> complaints. It happens again and again and what does she do? Keeps doing the same thing and complaining. Instagram actually has an option of not allowing comments now.

    When you are exposing yourself, whether in photos or sharing your ideas you’ll be vulnerable to whatever others feel about what you share. They may be wrong and unfair, it doesn’t matter. It is what it is. That’s actually a characteristic of social media which people have the choice to not use. This seems obvious to me but sometimes I wonder if people understand the basics.

  29. detritus says:

    I think what some people are missing here is that she’s not saying she shouldn’t be criticized ever ( I hope thats not what she’s saying), but that due to her body type she faces a different type of criticism than more slender girls.

  30. Gaby says:

    She looks so pretty when she wears clothes that actually fit, but those aren’t shorts, those are denim panties, and they are awful.

  31. perplexed says:

    Why do people solicit comments on Instagram? That part I don’t understand. You’re going to hear things you don’t like if you request feedback from, I dunno, 1 billion users.

  32. Calla Lily says:

    She reminds me of Mariah Carey. They both dress in such a trashy way. Fine if you want to do that, but expect people to comment on it.

  33. Snazzy says:

    I’m from Calgary, that’s typical Stampede clothing. It’s cooled off this week but I heard it was super hot during the Stampede, so not surprised. Whatevs kiddo, you do you

  34. Wren33 says:

    She is definitely in her I’M SEXY!!!!!! phase. I would say it is hypocritical to post pictures for people to comment on on Instagram, and then get pissed people are commenting, but perhaps kids these days just post pictures the same way they breathe.

  35. bob says:

    Two words: thirst trap

  36. Happy21 says:


  37. Mo says:

    Where was the pearl clutching and OUTRAGE when Jessica Simpson wore almost identical outfits to Ariel’s?

  38. Libra girl says:

    I am not one to body shame. I think she definitely dresses inappropriately. She looks trashy. I can only say this for myself, as a mother of a daughter, but I would NOT let my daughter dress this way. She looks ( not that she is) sleazy and trashy. It has nothing to do with her body weight. Paris Hilton was the same way. I don’t know what she expects ( if anything) from social media. She’s been down this road before and I’m sure will continue to receive negative criticism because she dresses this way. Not that it’s right, but my advice would be to tone it down. There are ways to be sexy without revealing everything.

  39. Naddie says:

    The mind of a troll is fantastic: I don’t like this celebrity, so I’ll follow her on instagram and waste my time commenting her pics (?). Spare me.

  40. Bee says:

    I genuinely feel sorry for this girl. She’s lacking something essential to self-confidence. She only makes the news for her ass cheeks and that’s sad. Her work, talent, and potential is irrelevant and it’s of her own doing. It’s almost like she badly wants to be Kardashian-esque on social media but is failing miserably.

  41. Oliviajoy says:

    She constantly complains about being judged for what she wears but then she wears clothes where it seems she is purposely wanting to be talked about. And yeah, she has terrible taste in clothes.

  42. Melissa Soverall says:

    It’s the ugliness/super duper, Ill-fitting , inappropriate tackiness of the clothes that get me. I think she looks fine, the white outfit and the black beaded mini dress are fine, but most times, that’s not what she’s wearing. If you constantly out yourself out there for comment, don’t be surprised when people comment.

  43. Karen says:

    She’s young. I went through a slutty stage when I was young.

    That said, those short shorts would look good on a ridicuously thin tall model. She has a lovely body but not tall and skinny.

  44. Shannon says:

    Oh well. She’s a kid. Plus, the boots were likely a fashion statement, and it *is* a lot cooler (when it’s hot) to wear shorts. She looks cute. People are stupid. Everyone has the right to dress as they see fit – full stop.

  45. magnoliarose says:

    I guess I have a hard time with people making choices that they know are controversial behaving as if judgments are not part of controversy. Ariel makes these choices but can’t seem to handle what she must have known was going happen. I can’t take her too seriously because there is a level of immaturity in her execution. I am not sure she truly understands the deeper issues with slut shaming and what women have endured because of it. It isn’t the woman who chooses a sexy wardrobe that suffers, it is the woman who is slut shamed and it is used as an excuse to assault or violently oppress her. Or a woman’s sex life being used to demean her or label her worthless and tainted. There are so many ways slut shaming is used against helpless women with no choices or freedom.
    Getting critical comments on Instagram are a first world problem and I can’t muster much sympathy for her personal choices. We live in an era of self absorption , phony outrage, hyperbole and unrealistic expectations of reality. Everything is over analyzed and then categorized to make simple things more important or complex than they actually are.
    It would be refreshing if she said she loves to look sexy, she loves the attention, she likes men to find her desirable and she has an exhibitionist streak. If it is her truth she doesn’t need give an explanation or seek approval.
    Feminism doesn’t mean a woman has to have a grand reason or a social agenda to express herself. It means whatever her reasons they are hers and she doesn’t have to intellectualize them and they don’t have to be correct by someone else’s standards.

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      @magnoliarose; So, let’s pretend for a second that Ariel Winter is a first-world young MALE feminist celebrity deliberately dressing and putting himself out there in a non-masculine way and being very open about his romances and sexuality with dudes. People respond with homophobia, sexism, victim-blaming, body-shaming, the works, and this uppity first world femininity-loving gay man dares to call it out, but for some reason a few liberals are bothered by him doing that. “You know the way you’re presenting and conducting yourself is controversial in a patriarchal victim-blaming Judeo-Christian society, so how dare you criticize the judgment,” they say. ” If you’re not going to follow their ‘rules’, you have no right to be critical of reactions to it. You have to silently tolerate it. Look dude, I’m not sure you understand the deeper issues of homophobia and patriarchy or how people who violate these gender-based standards of morality have suffered for it. It isn’t the man who chooses to dress and present the way you do, pursue sex/relationship with guys, and be open about it all who suffers. It’s the one who experiences homophobia and has to worry about people feeling justified in violently assaulting him, or the one who’s considered tainted/sinful because of it. (Because somehow there’s no connection between all three?) There are so many ways homophobia and patriarchy are used against helpless men and boys with no freedom. So unless you’re PERSONALLY experiencing physical violence or legal consequences in Russia or some Islamic country for the way you live your life and present yourself, STFU about the homophobia and sexism in our nice liberated western country. The fact that you even think men and boys should have the freedom to live and present this way without experiencing homophobic/patriarchal criticism for it, see that there’s inherent danger and inequality within those criticisms, and dare to shape your uppity lips to criticize and try to make people feel uncomfortable about their bigotry shows how unrealistic you are and also how self-absorbed you are. Drop the fauxrage and accept the natural order of things.” Would you respond that way, or even be okay with someone else being so dismissive and patronizing?

      Why is it that within the feminist movement, women are allowed to talk about girls who have died due to being slut-shamed, we’re allowed to criticize female genital mutilation and honor crimes, we’re allowed to criticize conservative/religious people for their ‘rules’, their labeling of us sluts and whores and wanting to attack our reproductive rights, we’re allowed to criticize physical violence experienced by sex workers and trafficked girls, and we’re allowed to criticize MRAs, republicans, judges, or anyone else who tries to use a woman’s immodesty as a justification for physically or sexually abusive behavior from a male, but we’re not allowed to criticize the mentality behind it? Why are we told to pretend like there’s no connection between the two? Why are so many self-proclaimed feminists and liberals eager to silence, dismiss, and mock women who criticize the everyday sexism that leads to those acts and conditions you people claim to hate? Why is it that feminists consistenly talk all this talk about “Blah Blah the religious right is awful, bodily autonomy, sexual freedom, a woman’s respectability as a human being and worth isn’t lowered through sex or skin-baring, rape culture is terrible and I really hope girls and women don’t accept it as the natural order of things, etc, etc,”, but then do a complete 180 at the thought of women actually dressing, talking, and living like they believe those things? How are feminists who claim to hate the acts caused by slut-shaming but tell women who criticize the mentality behind it to shut up and stop making people (read: their complicit selves) uncomfortable not the real self-absorbed ones in this equation?
      And it would be refreshing for you to hear any woman who doesn’t cover up as much as you do to just say “It’s ONLY about me wanting men to find me desirable” because that’s all most people WANT to hear, whether it’s the truth or not. It’s the only socially acceptable answer because women are not allowed to want to rebel against, challenge, question, or not care to perform feminine respectability politics at all.

      • LaBlah says:

        Otaku Fairy – you win Celebitchy.

        The total lack of insight amongst posters here who almost certainly call themselves feminists is really sad. I’m positive there will be responses that whine that wearing skimpy clothes isn’t liberation which is true, but it’s also not not liberation. Wear a muumuu or wear nothing. It shouldn’t have anything to do with anyone else and it certainly has no bearing on morals.

  46. Marianne says:

    I have mixed feelings about Ariel. On one hand, I think she’s free to wear whatever she wants. But then don’t turn around and claim you don’t want the attention. When you’re wearing a tight club dress to a casual panel for your show, when your wearing outfits that have your ass cheeks hanging out and or your breasts hanging out, when you pose suggestively on your Instagram even for things like memorial day….you want eyes on you.