When one trains dogs, and I suspect other animals as well, body language is an important factor. How one steps out, what foot one uses is an essential signal. Speech commands are an adjunct.
Julia Gillard gave women a great speech command a few days ago. Do not be willing to submit meekly to sexist viewpoints.
I was disappointed she cannot do this in her stepping.
The battle against high heels was mistakenly thought to be won in the 70s. The wearing of high heeled shoes is physically indefensible so must be defended by other means. It is said they are “feminine”. They would not be, Ms Gillard, if women did not wear them. There is a suggestion that they are sexy, particularly in that odd unbalanced way they push one’s weight forward and so the posterior sticks out.
I, perhaps mistakenly, have generally regarded sex as a rather informal physical activity, in the main conducted bare footed with a certain physical freedom and joi de vive which is not forthcoming in high heels, but I must make it clear that the sample size does not allow for a statistically significant conclusion for research purposes.
In every day working life high heels are a nightmare and have no legitimate justification. Often consumerism and the manufacturers can be blamed for the provision of a lot of non-feminist goods but, in the matter of shoes, a number of attractive alternatives to pointy heels are readily available.
Personally, I last wore stilettos in 1964 and have not spent my life in jackboots or lace-ups (although for informal wear the “sneaker” or “trainer” is handy). A pair of plain black shoes with small pointy heels were kept for use when trying to maintain an appearance that I was not just an old fuddy duddy but part of the modern world.
Most often they were worn when giving evidence in court as a psychologist. As happened recently to Ms Gillard, I took a slight tumble some years ago. The stepping down from an unfamiliar witness box whilst giving the standard polite “genuflex” in the direction of the bench before leaving the court proved difficult in those shoes.
I threw them out.
Julia, step out boldly with your left foot, with no pointy heels, and lead the way!