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College Offers Course in Wearing High Heels

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the higher-heeled-learning dept.

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Do you want to learn how to wear high heels, but feel hopelessly lost on your own? Why not take the six-week course Sexy Heels In The City at London's South Thames College. The government-funded class costs £150 ($268) and also gives lessons on how to carry designer handbags.

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31 comments

The oldest profession (1, Insightful)

PatPending (953482) | more than 4 years ago | (#32525926)

From TFA:

"The earlier younger ladies learn how to walk in heels, the better it's going to be in the long run - with business and social lives," said former backing singer Chyna Whyne, who runs the course.

Hmm--there must be a shortage of young, female prostitutes in London.

Also--doesn't this reverse 40 years of feminism by enforcing the idea that to get ahead "with business and social lives," woman must wear "fuck me pumps?"

P.S.

How soon before a male student files a discrimination lawsuit?

Re:The oldest profession (2, Insightful)

nj_peeps (1780942) | more than 4 years ago | (#32526136)

P.S. How soon before a male student files a discrimination lawsuit?

That would depend on on how many male students want to take the class and get rejected for not being female.

Re:The oldest profession (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32535908)

Although I generally support women, I must point out that as a man who works in the City of London I also have to pay a lot of attention to how I look.

That includes on the clothing side (shoes, suit for the occasion, ironed shirt in case I take my suit jacket off, properly done tie, accessories) and on the appearance side (shaving, haircut, OK tan, teeth etc).

Women might have slightly higher expectations on the appearance side, but it's not like men in corporate positions get away easily either.

Re:The oldest profession (1)

TerranFury (726743) | more than 4 years ago | (#32536312)

OK tan

Yay, skin cancer!

Re:The oldest profession (2, Insightful)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#32544400)

OK tan

Yay, skin cancer!

Yay not having to take Vitamin D supplements or eat Vitamin D fortified foods and drinks!

Re:The oldest profession (1)

cizoozic (1196001) | more than 4 years ago | (#32553952)

OK tan

Yay, skin cancer!

Yay not having to take Vitamin D supplements or eat Vitamin D fortified foods and drinks!

Uh, I'll take the supplements, you can keep your skin cancer, thanks.

I realize that you probably meant just a moderate, healthy level of exposure, but at the same time, did you forget which website you were on? ;-)

Re:The oldest profession (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#32556790)

Oh no. I haven't forgotten. :p

Re:The oldest profession (1)

mustafap (452510) | more than 4 years ago | (#32550164)

You sir, on on the wrong website. Vogue is at www.vougue.com.

Thanks for visiting.

Re:The oldest profession (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32558984)

Vogue is at www.vougue.com.

No. No it isn't.

Re:The oldest profession (1)

dugeen (1224138) | more than 4 years ago | (#32562398)

I understand everything there except the teeth and tan. There are plenty of pasty-faced men with snaggle teeth who seem to be doing very well indeed in the City.

Re:The oldest profession (2, Informative)

TerranFury (726743) | more than 4 years ago | (#32536280)

Also--doesn't this reverse 40 years of feminism by enforcing the idea that to get ahead "with business and social lives," woman must wear "fuck me pumps?"

There are many feminisms... One of them, so-called 'lipstick feminism' (and the stronger 'slut feminism') actually seeks to embrace things like high heels as symbols of female power. I don't like this particular variety of feminism (I think it is actively harmful) but it exists, and was relatively popular when I was in college (mainly, cynical-me thinks, because it provided an excuse to sleep around. Personally I don't think I would feel empowered by herpes, but, hey, if you want to ignore public health statistics to satisfy your ideology go ahead...).

(In fact, there are so many feminisms that statements like "I am a feminist" seem pretty meaningless to me... but I digress even more...)

Re:The oldest profession (1)

NervousWreck (1399445) | more than 4 years ago | (#32565094)

That's just what happens when movements get old enough to go mainstream.

Re:The oldest profession (1)

beadfulthings (975812) | more than 4 years ago | (#32555092)

I'm laughing because years ago I had a friend who had an incredibly demanding life--raising a family, getting her master's degree, and teaching special education. They lived in Brooklyn, and she took refuge one afternoon in a local park to eat her lunch and prepare for her afternoon classes. A woman in hotpants, fishnet hose, and a pair of CFM pumps sat down on the bench next to her, took out her own lunch, and began to eat. At some point she looked at my friend's feet and said, "Honey, you're never gonna get anywhere wearing those ground-grippers."

Re:The oldest profession (1)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 4 years ago | (#32564898)

Also--doesn't this reverse 40 years of feminism

Pah! I wish.

Let's ban high heels instead (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32526446)

The human body wasn't made for walking like that.

Re:Let's ban high heels instead (1)

xZgf6xHx2uhoAj9D (1160707) | more than 4 years ago | (#32541326)

The human body was also not made for typing, driving, sitting in a chair, using scissors, wearing sunglasses, kicking soccer balls or sewing. What else would you like to ban?

Re:Let's ban high heels instead (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32548334)

Look, I'm not in favour of banning articles of clothing; dress codes for public areas are obnoxious. However, almost everything you said is specifically designed to work optimally with a human body along their functional parameters. High heeled shoes are demonstrably not.

Re:Let's ban high heels instead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32557210)

They look sexy when worn properly. Are you insecure with them on your body, and that is why you want to force your ways on others?

Re:Let's ban high heels instead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32566564)

Walking around butt-ass naked is also sexy when done properly.

Re:Let's ban high heels instead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32559734)

However, almost everything you said is specifically designed to work optimally with a human body along their functional parameters. High heeled shoes are demonstrably not.

Wow. I guess we all should give up grooming since the functional parameters of deodorant, shaving, ironed clothes and haircuts are non-optimal for the body.

Re:Let's ban high heels instead (1)

Johann Lau (1040920) | more than 4 years ago | (#32563532)

that's pretty shitty comparisons though..

high heels make me feel bad for women, period.

yes, they're sexy, but I wouldn't wish them on anybody. if women wanna sex me up they'll just have to tip toe in sneakers or something =P because I like women pretty AND smart, and I get most horny when I have a clean conscience. so there, that's my rational explanation why I don't like them.

I wouldn't ban them though, they are good indicators for, uhm, weakness*. just like wanting women to wear them is a sign of weakness in men.

it doesn't bother me, but it's a simple fact that I don't take women who wear them as seriously as those who don't. make of that what you will. being "sexy" is not all, it's nowhere enough, and the toys end their keepers should just go extinct already.

(* when gnutella came out, I tried to find Miriam Makeba's "Pata Pata".. but instead I found something of a girl punk band (I think) screaming something about high heels, the refrain being "kill me, kill me, I can't run away" or something like that hahah... I would give a lot to know the name of the band and the tune, just for nostalgias sake, so if that rings a bell anywhere...)

Re:Let's ban high heels instead (1)

Johann Lau (1040920) | more than 4 years ago | (#32563542)

"the toys end their keepers"

haha!

I'm Dr. Freud, and I approve of this typo.

Re:Let's ban high heels instead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32565988)

I believe you're thinking of Crass's Bata Motel.
-os

Re:Let's ban high heels instead (1)

Johann Lau (1040920) | more than 4 years ago | (#32568666)

yes, that's the one! thank you so much haha :)

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New course suggestion (1)

JayRott (1524587) | more than 4 years ago | (#32531930)

If they start offering courses in how to rock a french manicure I'm moving to England!

I bet it's mandatory... (2, Funny)

calmofthestorm (1344385) | more than 4 years ago | (#32533970)

For the M.R.S. degree. Seriously this is just degrading.

Re:I bet it's mandatory... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32536190)

For the M.R.S. degree. Seriously this is just degrading.

Oh fuck you. Seriously. High heels are like spandex, they are not a right, they are a fucking privilege.

Guess what? You look retarded clomping around looking like a horse when you fail to learn how to properly walk in heels.
Guess what? You look disgusting in more-than-skin-tight lycra spandex with your fat rolls and cellulite about to burst through like a river behind a weak dam.

PS) Girls fart, and your shit stinks.

Kind of a good idea (1)

noirakita (1820282) | more than 4 years ago | (#32575148)

Seriously, it is. I mean, most of us women will have to at one point in our lives, at some fancy occasion. There are so many women who don't know how to walk in them. Of course, many shoes of all types aren't made well, so part of the horror stories you hear of heels breaking is shoddy craftsmanship. Sure, you can promote flats all you want, but any straight woman (or drag queen or transvestite male...making sure to cover all my bases here) will admit that wearing high heels makes them feel sexier and more feminine...as long as we don't have to wear them for too long. They really are hellish to wear after a few hours. It's why most formal dances/wedding receptions most gals end up going barefoot. Now I'm all for banning pointy-toed female shoes, flats or heels. Feet aren't pointy. And it's why older women nowadays have hammer toes, because they were forced to wear pointy-toed shoes in past decades. They squish your toes, and that isn't good. This makes me think of my High School Physics class when our Teach said to keep an eye out for deep black round ruts in the floor, from ladies high heels (My school was built in the 50's). 120 lbs (or so) in that one tiny dot. Think about it, won't you? Floor ruiners they are. ...huh, I'm kind of listing pros and cons of the damn things at this point. ramblings at 2:30 in the morning when I should be asleep.
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