I love this image so much.
I’ve seen some women who are offended by this and say it’s ridiculous that her cleavage is showing and things of that sort.
Personally, I think it’s great.
Why should we have an image of a women with her hair tied up and flexing her muscles like she’s a man? (not that that isn’t great too!) In a way it suggests that when our hair is down, our breasts are visible and we wear (GASP) lipstick, we’re somehow lesser than men? We can do it! We can be feminine and successful.
You see what I’m saying here, ladies?
You don’t have to lose your femininity. Being feminine is great. Being masculine is great. Strength is not limited to one way of being.
I don’t agree.
You have to take something like this in the context of when it was created; during the war, when women were called out of the households and into manual labor to support America while the men were fighting. The purpose of Rosie the Riveter is to tell women “You too can be a strong, productive member of society! In fact, we need you to be! For once, you are needed to keep America strong! Get out there, girl!”
Changing Rosie into a coy little pin-up is kind of insulting to her original intent. Her intent is not to be the pretty pin-up or housewife. She is a factory worker. She is strong. She is more important than cleavage and coy smiles and letting her hair down. In fact, it’s dangerous to be uncovered and have your hair flying about while riveting!
Rosie the Riveter is practicality and strength. Not masculine strength, but human strength. American strength! And turning her into another pin-up really takes away from that message. It turns the focus back on her appearance, which I find distasteful.
Also, if you find the original source for this picture, the artist meant for it to be a parody, and to demean the original work. This was meant to be anti feminist in nature.
Theres another version of this post floating around that also points out the original Rosie IS wearing makeup, and IS feminine in nature. I’m sorry to say you are misinformed and accidently interpreted this to be something positive, but it really isn’t.