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You know what’s really wrong and sad?
While it is perfectly acceptable and even normal for women to wear typical “men’s clothes”, it is decidedly not accepted or normal and often used as a joke when men wear typical “women’s clothes”.
Where are the manly men in short skirts and frilly dresses?!
I think it’s because, as sad as it is, it’s seen as "effeminate" and "emasculating", whereas women wearing men’s clothing is seen as liberating and feminist (which it rightly is because women should be allowed to wear whatever the hell they want without being judged), but for a man to wear women’s clothing, he’s viewed as a "cross-dresser" or "depraved" rather than maybe he just likes the way it looks on him. I think decades of gender roles in fashion and clothing is also likely to blame. Women wear the nice dresses and stay at home while men wear fancy suits and go to work at the office. It’s completely unfair because the more one gender’s fashion choices are questioned, the more the rest are too. Apparently it’s just too much to ask that people be allowed to wear what they want and move on with life.
But people like Eddie Izzard do really well to help put it in perspective for everyone else.
Maybe one day we can all wear whatever we want without having to worry about asshats judging everyone. One day….
There have been a lot of articles discussing this, but it generally boils down to the fact that women (and typically feminine behavior, clothing, etc.) are seen as “lesser than” in a lot of ways, so trying to dress “like a woman” is seen as a step down for a man, whereas trying to dress “like a man” is seen as a step up for a woman.That’s not to say that women who dress in “typical men clothing” never get flak, but it’s usually because they seem more threatening to the inherent male privilege that most men have. It’s a shitty system based in stereotypes, bigotry and historical oppression.
Really, there should be no divide in what gendered (or non-gendered) people choose to cover themselves in, but until that beautiful day, we’ll just have to keep pushing at the ridiculous boundaries that society has set for all of us. And maybe petition for some ungendered clothing lines.