Epigraph

Billie Eilish on body image, sexism

Quote from the pop singer-songwriter's first night of her world tour in Miami, Florida on March 9, 2020.

Singer-songwriter Billie Eilish (Photo by Lars Crommelinck, 2019, CC BY 2.0)

If what I wear is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I am a slut.
Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it.

Billie Eilish

Read the full text of Eilish’s speech


Do you really know me?
You have opinions about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body.
Some people hate what I wear, some people praise it. Some people use it to shame others, some people use it to shame me.
But I feel you watching … always. And nothing I do goes unseen.
So while I feel your stares, your disapproval or your sighs of relief, if I lived by them, I’d never be able to move.
Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller?
Would you like me to be quiet?
Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? Am I my stomach? My hips?
The body I was born with, is it not what you wanted?
If what I wear is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I am a slut.
Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it. Why?
You make assumptions about people based on their size. We decide who they are. We decide what they’re worth.
If I wear more, if I wear less, who decides what that makes me? What that means?
Is my value based only on your perception?
Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?

Billie Eilish

Reference

Snapes, L. (2020, March 10). ‘If I shed the layers, I am a slut’: Billie Eilish addresses body image criticism. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/mar/10/if-i-shed-the-layers-i-am-a-slut-billie-eilish-addresses-body-image-criticism

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