Dove Cameron is no stranger when it comes to a sexual double standard. She faces one as a woman in a historically patriarchal society. She also faces one as a Disney actress. Actions or outfits that even hint at the idea of sexuality can potentially come under fire.
The singer-actress has spoken against such societal suppression in the past, and she continued using her platform for good in a pair of Tuesday Instagram posts.
The selfies feature Cameron wearing a short white tank top with no indication of a bra. Though her outfit is actually rather casual, Cameron’s bare midriff and slightly visible nipples would still elicit criticism in a world of sexual suppression and double standards.
In posting the pictures, Cameron is refusing to relent to that double standard — and embracing her femininity.
With each post, Cameron also includes quotes about women’s empowerment; one from Trista Hendren and the other from Elizabeth Eiler.
The empowering posts follow:
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“Women HAVE a history that has been systematically suppressed. Our collective spirituality has largely been tainted to fit the needs of men and those in power. This has a profound effect on the self-esteem of girls and the women they become. This influence can be seen in their life choices, partners and financial security for the rest of their lives. It also has an effect on the way their future partners will view them – and ultimately treat them. Our girls deserve better. The time to introduce feminism and woman-centered spirituality to ALL children is now.”