Clothes and gender

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Clothes and gender

Post by Jangloid Mark » Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:38 am

A few blogs I've read recently have got me thinking about this.

The more I think about it, the less it makes sense to me.
Girls wear skirts/dresses, boys wear trousers.

Why the distinction? (before anyone asks, I'm not mellow...).

On a personal level, I have worn skirts a couple of times, and a long flowing skirt really suits my tall, skinny frame, and is WAY comfortable. If I'm honest, the main reason I don't just wear one anyway is simply that I don't want to get the crap kicked out of me...also, while a younger me would have lapped up the attention that I'd obviously get, it's something I crave less and less these days. The few times I have I knew I was in company that would be cool with it...

I was wondering about this, and got to thinking...if such a (mainstream) fashion ever came into being for boys, would it ever catch on? Would people who followed such a fashion be putting their safety at risk? (My sister's Scottish boyfriend wears a kilt on occasion and nobody bats an eyelid...).

Could fashion generally become gender neutral?

Just a few thoughts that have been swimming around in my head recently, and was wondering what others think...

(I m fully aware that I've left myself open to a bit of ribbing here, but, please understand that I'm trying to raise a serious point here...)
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Re: Clothes and gender

Post by linus » Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:50 am

Jangloid Mark wrote:I m fully aware that I've left myself open to a bit of ribbing here
that can happen when you're wearing a skirt

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Re: Clothes and gender

Post by Woodbine » Fri Jun 19, 2009 8:41 pm

Jangloid Mark wrote:A few blogs I've read recently have got me thinking about this.

The more I think about it, the less it makes sense to me.
Girls wear skirts/dresses, boys wear trousers.
Well think about the way the different genders have a wee, for a start.
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Re: Clothes and gender

Post by Gordon » Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:09 pm

You anti-Scots racist.

I'd say it was more arbitrary and to do with pre-defined ideas of gender role that have become entrenched in society mixed in with a little bit of men's clothes being functional and women's clothes being showy. There must be some room for class analysis somewhere, although my knowledge of doctor who tells me that even the most working class of old-fashioned inner-london ladies seemed to wear dresses.
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Re: Clothes and gender

Post by boney » Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:41 pm

Gordon wrote:You anti-Scots racist.

I'd say it was more arbitrary and to do with pre-defined ideas of gender role that have become entrenched in society mixed in with a little bit of men's clothes being functional and women's clothes being showy.
I agree.

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