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The double standard in attitudes towards attire is vast. Women are allowed to do anything in their power to enhance their femininity, and indeed, are expected to. We should wear make up to 'bring out our features' -- but it is considered 'unusual' if men do it.
Three years ago, one of my closest girlfriends was nearly beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend. With the help of intense therapy and a determination to not allow this event to define her life, she has moved forward, but her scars remain.