It got me thinking about equality and the idea of balance. The idea of binary opposition (that we are defined as much by what we are not as what we are). Sexism degrades us all: women and men alike. For example; if one is locked within the belief that women are 'defined' by make-up and skirts, then one's clothing will be limited by that belief, man or woman. Not to mention that any idea based on ignorance lowers and limits the capacity for free thought and thus learning; as Forest Gump himself said 'stupid is as stupid does'. Yes, stupid might mean your dinner always ready on the table and a model wife, but you're still wasting part of the miraculous spark, intelligence, which (ironically) is what civilise 'mankind'.
A gilded cage is still a cage: it still limits choice. As you might have noticed I recently married my partner of 11 years. Yeah I know I haven't mentioned it that much, we weren't that bothered or nuffink. When people inevitably ask about kids he often mentions that he would love, in the future, to spend some time as an at-home-dad. [Edit: I have removed lengthy explanation as to why because let's face it, why should it need justification?] From your eedjit down the pub, we've had every comment from 'aren't you ashamed' (I suppose for him not being manly/me not womanly enough) to 'you couldn't handle a kid' (to be honest, he's much better with bubs pre-speech than I am). Everyone who actually has kids immediately chips in with praise though. And that's the ignorance v experience angle of sexism: what is usual v what is practical.
Sexism is demeaning to humans, it enables grubby and lazy thinking. Women bear the brunt of the obvious negative effects, but anyone who embraces it is limiting their choices and opportunities.
Anyway, enough of me prattling on (FYI muskerbeers I have a tinny here as I type, no cabbage patches and I haven't seen any storks flying round M'kay?) with musings, on to the fun bit.
Non-sexist fashion should not just be about freedom for women to wear what we like. If only women are free to express ourselves through fashion, we are still mere decor attracting the gaze, and the men still relegated to the status of observer. Let every person express themselves through their style without fear of rebuttal. Here's to the dandy, the sartorialist, the poser: the men who express themselves though clothing:
|Beau Brummel - the Kellogs of Dandies|
|Gotta love the Loaf.|