Skirts, open leg & ‘gender defining’ material
H&M just released their new evolutionary process of unisex clothing in their new range. Interestingly, the clothes seem precisely like men's clothes, but women can wear them too. When a woman wears a man’s shirt, trousers, jumper, it is normal and accepted. Women’s apparel is so different in cut, feeling, sensation and idea that when a man tries to wear it, sexuality comes into it.
The race for equality has started and finally it’s picking up momentum. Women’s marches up and down, across the world are showing the huge support women have across the world and in even in some governments. The race for equality has begun, and we need to make up for lost time. Apologise and buck our ideas up.
Open leg is accepted in a man’s attire, only if there is a crotch. Skirts are allowed to flow off the legs of women daily and this results in being invisible or stared at – depending on the length of said garment. Gender defining moments have no happened yet. With trans rights being knocked left and right, ignorance towards gender binary ideas and the refusal to take anyone else different than the tradition, of man and woman. The religious belief that a man and woman need to have children stays within many, but we call it progressive when governments pass a law to allow the same sex the same right. Offending offenses of condemning homosexual acts in Africa and other parts of the globe. The ignorance is all around us, and the ears are shut. No one is listening.
Young children wake up with the idea they wear shorts or skirts. If they wear shorts then grab them an action man, one day they will own tools and fix the shed. If they have a skirt, they will grow up with Barbie dolls and aspire to find a man to have children with and maybe one day, become a sportspersons wife. Can you see the imbalance?
These are extremes but pass true in a lot of areas of the world and anything that differs from this idea is not allowed. It is dangerous to challenge gender in some parts. Be brave and take on the task.
Jayden Smith wore a skirt many moons ago, and received a lot of flack, Kanye West was photographed with a skirt on and he demanded it was taken from the Internet. The question is, why is it an offense? The Scots wore skirts - call it tradition. In Asian countries, the skirt is worn by men – consider it normal. But western society goes red in the face when a man wears ‘feminine’ clothing. Long flowing dresses, moving in the wind – this action is only relevant to women. What are men left with? Beige.
The fact that women are the only ones culturally allowed to wear feminine clothing impacts how they are read in society. Imagine a short skirt and high heels and long hair and men walking behind see this scene – they see something they want. It is a chemical reaction based on a form of affection to some degree. Imagine if it was a man doing it. If they knew it was a man, would they still want it, no matter how good it looked. Predators have made the night unsafe for women. Rape culture is boasted among monsters of the night, bragging about how they had her and then her friend, all in the same night. Big men with biceps, spilling over with masculinity to the point where you could deflate them to a child, weak, vulnerable, and due to their actions – lonely.
So, you see, baggy clothes for men, safe clothing to protect their masculinity – will not do. How could it? Clothing defines gender, for men. For women, the possibilities are completely open, but this comes at a price – harassment. To prevent harassment, they dress like a boy, but the girl in them still invites harassment. When will this culture stop?
SOLUTION, if you’ll have it. Fashion branding is something that sways the opinion of what men can wear. Here is a list, men wore girls jeans at one point, skinny jeans were made accessible for men without them being feminine, tight v t shirts are accepted for people who have the right physique, so tell me why, why, is it not okay for a man to wear a skirt?
Clothing defines gender - redefine what is accepted. This strangle on society is making people oppressed, harassed and prevents them from being themselves. Wear what you want, not what your told. H&M goes some way to challenge this and it’s a step in the right direction, however, we cannot hide behind baggy clothes any longer, we need change now and the fashion companies can change peoples opinions on a mass scale. It’s their duty to do this.
Be bold, fearless and wear whatever you want to wear, break the mold yourself, until the world catches up. This effort you make will stride us towards gender equality, among other factors.
Skirts, open leg & ‘gender defining’ material