Unleash Your Fashion Superpowers: The Struggles of Motherhood in a Patriarchal Playground

The Postpartum Experience Navigating Physical Touch Overload and the Surrender of Personal Space

After having kids, I felt overwhelmed by physical touch, as if my body no longer belonged to me. I often felt ‘touched out.

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Welcome, fashion lovers! Today, we embark on a journey through the whimsical world of motherhood and the struggles faced by fashion-forward moms in this patriarchal playground. Brace yourselves for a rollercoaster ride of metaphors, exaggerated hilarity, and punny puns that will make even the most fashionable of hearts skip a stylish beat. So, grab a cup of your favorite latte, put on your trendiest pajamas, and let’s dive right in!

The Chronicles of Feeling “Touched Out”

Picture this: moms hiding in bathrooms, creating imaginary force fields with their outstretched arms, and stomping away from husbands and children. No, it’s not a scene from the latest superhero movie, it’s the phenomenon known as being “touched out”! This millennial parlance perfectly captures the physical overwhelm experienced by mothers, leaving them craving personal space like a fashionista craves a designer handbag.

But fear not, dear fashion lovers, for you are not alone in this adventure. The #MeToo movement shed light on the omnipresent nature of sexual violence, and yet, the feeling of being “touched out” remained as if it were par for the couture. It’s time we connect the dots between motherhood and the larger culture of assault that has inadvertently become an accessory to our lives.

The Fashion of Unwanted Touches

Ah, the delicacy of a woman’s touch. But what happens when your children’s soft hands become a trigger for memories of being used, violated, and seen by men? It’s like trying to pull off a stunning outfit while battling an ever-present itch. Just as your children study you as you dress, the hungry eyes of your husband or the news of powerful men assaulting women create an overwhelming urge to say no, even though you’re not sure how or to whom you should direct your fashionably fierce declaration.

“Motherhood was triggering,” so aptly said by author Lyz Lenz, whose words resonate with every fashion-loving mama out there. The pursuance of male power, growing stronger and edging closer, makes you feel like a fashionista surrounded by pushy shoppers during a Black Friday sale. But fear not, for the fashion-forward mamas will rise above!

The Battle Against Patriarchal Fashion

Patriarchal power has wrapped itself around America’s national character like a clingy ex-lover. It’s relentless, demanding, and oh-so-stylishly controlling. But here’s the plot twist: American mothers have become the ultimate fashion warriors against this injustice.

As new laws and legal battles threaten our bodies and reproductive lives, it feels like patriarchal power is orchestrating a fashion show, parading its terrifying designs down the runway. Roe v. Wade has been overturned, a national ban on abortion looms over us like an ill-fitting dress, and full abortion bans in 14 states make even the most fashionably resilient among us quiver.

“The news of institutionalized patriarchy rebooting itself for a new era of reproductive control is enough to upset the delicate spaces we share with children,” as beautifully expressed by author Lyz Lenz. But fear not, dear fashionistas! We shall rise against these sartorial constraints and reclaim our autonomy!

Fashionable Sacrifices: The Unattainable Standards of Motherhood

In this swirling vortex of patriarchal fashion, where women are expected to sacrifice their autonomy for motherhood, the impossible standards of American parenting have become our runway. We’re expected to study and perform the art of ideal motherhood, leaving ourselves hidden in the murky depths of online parenting content.

But just as we have normalized sexual violence against women, society has normalized these impossible standards. The image of the haggard mom, juggling it all and barely holding herself together, has become a fashion statement in its own right. Yet, the pain and struggles experienced by women throughout their lives should not be considered fashionable accessories. It’s time we reclaim our fashion superpowers and reshape this narrative.

So, dear fashionistas, let us unite in the pursuit of fashion-forward motherhood and rewrite the rules of this patriarchal playground. Together, we will create a runway where autonomy, consent, and control take center stage. Unleash your fashion superpowers, and let’s conquer the world!

Stay fabulous, darlings! And remember, fashion is not just about clothes, it’s about reclaiming our power and making a statement. Share your fashion tales and thoughts in the comments below! Let’s ignite a stylish revolution!