Girls who wear ripped jeans? Yes, they exist everywhere. And they're coming out in droves to flash their knees through the rips in their denims on social media. With the #GirlsWhoWearRippedJeans trend, women on Twitter are standing up with a sharp reaction to remarks made by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat regarding ripped jeans and the consequent societal breakdown it brings.
On Tuesday, while attending a workshop, Rawat had elaborated on how ripped jeans have prompted a loss of "values" with parents who don such clothes setting a "bad example" for their children. Singling out a woman who ran an NGO, Rawat also said, "If this kind of woman goes out in the society to meet people and solve their problems, what kind of message are we giving out to the society, to our kids?"
Twitterati has a solid response to Rawat's ideas about ripped jeans. Social media users are sharing photos of themselves in the outfit he has condemned in a bid to counter 'dress policing' women are routinely subjected to.
Girls Who Wear Ripped Jeans: Twitter Responds To Uttarakhand CM
Twitter audiences routinely use photo trends to partake in social issues and rally support for causes that concern women. Cases in point, 'nail paint Twitter,' 'saree Twitter' and 'jhumka Twitter' trends that urge women to embrace their identities the way they prefer to.
The new 'girls who wear ripped jeans' trend is a play on the 'girls who drink beer' trend from 2018, which had gone viral when Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that women drinking beer were a cause of worry.
See how social media is abuzz with the 'girls who wear ripped jeans' trend:
I hope some of you remember the #GirlsWhoDrinkBeer hashtag from 2018 as a response to Goa CM’s statement.— I Am A Nishtha Gautam (@TedhiLakeer) March 17, 2021
It’s that time of the year again:
Another CM, another attempt at policing women’s choices.
Let’s tweet our #rippedjeans pics with #GirlsWhoWearRippedJeans.
What say? pic.twitter.com/LpppCtHdQN
Ripped Jeans aur Kitab.— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) March 18, 2021
The country’s ‘sanskriti’ & ‘sanskaar’ are impacted by men who sit and judge women and their choices. Soch badlo Mukhyamantri Rawat ji, tabhi desh badlega. #RippedJeansTwitter pic.twitter.com/qYXcN88fY6
Views expressed are the author's own.