Friday, February 17, 2012
Perhaps critics of high heels should take heed?: And not loose their heads
In the Book of Judith , Judith meets and bowls over the Assyrian general, Holofernes. The man of violence is so impressed by the beauty of Judith and in particular the richness of her feet and sandals which “ravished his eyes," he plans to seduce her. But the tables are turned when Judith waits for him to fall into a drunken sleep and cuts his head off with his own sword, thus saving her people. In 1639, Van Beverwijck referred to Judith in his published apology for the superiority of women to men and her sexualized femininity combined with masculine aggression has inspired many artists to paint her. Ever since misogynists have feared woman wearing heels.