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Picking your struggle

Jennifer Lawrence is known for being pretty brash and blunt in the way she delivers her comments. Photo: Bakounine/Shutterstock

Jennifer Lawrence is known for being pretty brash and blunt in the way she delivers her comments. Photo: Bakounine/Shutterstock

I’ve just been shown a photo of actress Jennifer Lawrence by a friend at work. Ms Lawrence is pictured with four of her male co-stars on a roof in London. All of them are wrapped in a melange of winter items while she stands in a beautiful but flimsy Versace dress which is held together by nothing but safety pins and a prayer. All I saw was a gorgeous woman on a roof, apparently, I was wrong.

You see under what I thought was a pretty innocuous photo of an actress who is probably being sponsored by Versace anyway, there were a slew of comments by other women asking her why she wasn’t wrapped up against the cold weather and what kind of message she was sending to young women and all I could think was: Has it really come to this?

Some things deserve our outrage while others simply don’t. Pick your struggle well

Known for being pretty brash and blunt in the way she delivers her comments, it would seem Lawrence pretty much felt the same as she put her commentators on full blast and basically told them to shove their opinions where the sun don’t shine and well, I can’t help but agree. Had she been forced into wearing a skimpy dress while her co-stars were handed their jeans and T-shirt attire, it would have been one thing, but has it really come to the point when we feel inclined to take issue with what someone we don’t even know from Adam wears of their own volition? Purely from a fashion point of view, the overall look would have probably been ruined had she worn a coat and scarf over it for the photo and while many women might not care about factors like this, there are an equal number who do.

No one is wrong and no one is right, we just have different priorities. Many of my friends bundle up well against the colder weather while I don’t feel comfortable going around looking like the Michelin man – how does that make me a bad person? It’s this kind of policing of other people’s innocuous choices and giving things a value that they do not have which is turning the internet into a jungle of frustration and a playground for people’s own insecurities and projections.

Some things deserve our outrage while others simply don’t.

Pick your struggle well.

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