Naturally, he defends his statement by saying high heels are bad for your health, therefore anyone who wears them ever is superficial, self-harming, and creating a “cultural error” by disregarding science, data, and facts.
There are so many problems to address here that it’s tough to know where to begin. I guess Problem #1 would be the entitlement it takes to feel cool about posting a headless creepshot of a woman’s feet and calling her brainless. Then there’s the pressure for professional women to wear heels as a requirement at some workplaces - yet Jorge Cortell did not feel the need to call out Goldman Sachs for denying science. Then there’s the idea that at a conference with mostly men, it’s nice for a gal to have those extra couple inches so she approaches eye level with the people she meets. Throw in the overall pressure on women to look cute and sexy all the time, plus the fact that these heels are actually pretty flawless and for all we know they’re more comfortable than bedroom slippers, and you have your full daily recommended dose of Tech Bro Misogyny.
This fall, New York City becomes the first city in the nation to tackle the issue of girls’ self-esteem and body image. Recognizing that girls as young as 6 and 7 are struggling with body image and self-esteem, (over 80% of 10-year-old girls are afraid of being fat and by middle school, 40-70% of girls are dissatisfied with two or more parts of their body), New York City is launching a self-esteem initiative to help girls believe their value comes from their character, skills, and attributes – not appearance.