Good afternoon everyone! I apologize for being M.I.A. recently, but I've been working on some very exciting stuff these past few months that I cannot wait to share with all of you shortly! In the meantime, I'd like to share a few comments on the fascinating Harper's Bazaar article, Photographer's Arresting Images Test Boundaries of Being Gender Fluid in America, by Chaédria LaBouvier. I recently came across this stellar article on my daily commute and instantly knew that I needed to explore these ideas further.
While I absolutely loved the article as a whole and commend all associated parties on their outstanding work, dedication and bravery, there were a few things that didn't sit exactly right with me, the first of which being the quote: "The photographer explains that women have been allowed to embrace masculine things, even masculinity, in a way that’s become normative: pants, short haircuts, having a career." (LaBouvier) I'm not sure if it's the coupling of the words "women" and "allowed to" in the same sentence, or the condescending and archaic stereotype of masculinity that rubs me the wrong way more, but I found myself wondering why wearing pants, having short hair or pursuing a career is still synonymous with masculinity. Have we not learned anything?
The reliance on this old-fashioned, outdated and offensive definition of what it means to be male and female, constantly widens the gender gap we're hoping to close. Furthermore, leaning on these stereotypes only breathes more life into the misogynistic mindset that needs to be dismantled if we hope to live in a world where all are considered equal.