New Zealanders’ attitudes to white clothing and teenage clothes are in line with global trends
New Zealand is on track to overtake France as the first country in the world to ban all white clothing for teenage girls.
A survey of 500 women by The Age found that New Zealand women were less likely to consider white clothing acceptable for teenage dress than men.
The results, released this week, come after a campaign led by the Australian women’s group, Wearing Less White, that saw more than 40,000 people sign a petition to have the country’s high school drop-out rate halved.
The campaign also gained national attention with former Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern last month calling for the ban to be extended to high schools and universities.
While women in New Zealand are less likely than men to consider wearing white clothing a sign of poor self-esteem, they are more likely to have a negative view of white children, the report said.
“We also found that while women and men both see white clothing as a symbol of power and status, women are more concerned about the negative effects of white clothing on girls’ bodies and self-image,” it said.
It also found men were more likely than women to believe white children should be encouraged to be independent and independent of other people.
“When asked if they were more concerned that a white child might be seen as less than an adult by others, men were significantly more likely (56 per cent) than women (31 per cent),” the report added.
“While men are more comfortable with the idea of children not being looked up to or taken advantage of by others in general, they still see white children as symbols of power.”
A majority of men (53 per cent), while only a small minority of women (37 per cent)) also believe that children should not be allowed to wear white clothes, with the largest number of women saying they believe children should wear white clothing only in special circumstances.
“For women, this is more of a general belief (42 per cent).”
Men are more in favour of allowing children to wear clothing that is not as white as their parents, such as grey jeans or shorts, and this is most common among younger people (55 per cent).”‘
The only way to be safe’The report found that only around 10 per cent of women who said they believed white clothing should be restricted to high schoolers were concerned about it negatively impacting their teenage self-confidence.”
It is also clear that most men do not consider white children to be a symbol for poor self esteem, or to be less than adults, but rather as a way to make themselves more desirable and desirable to women,” it added.
Women were more in favor of allowing white children not to wear a dress in certain circumstances, but more concerned they would not be respected or believed.
Men were less concerned about this, but were more worried they would be respected and believed than women.
The survey also found women were more confident than men that they would have good physical and mental health.