Everyday feminism & practicing your beliefs: To bikini or not?

Yet, here I am thinking I should have to cover up my body because it fails to meet ideal standards of acceptable femininity. My desire to cover up was not about me, but was driven by my perceptions of other people’s standards and expectations. In essence I was objectifying my own body! There was no need for anyone else to do so, the damage was already done – and that, ladies and gentlemen, is patriarchy at work.