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In 2020, Some People are Still Mad When Boys Wear Dresses

Madeleine Ouellette

Posted on November 25, 2020 12:12

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Harry Styles wore a dress on the cover of Vogue and in several photos. For some reason, several conservatives expressed anger over this.

There are so many things to be angry about right now: systemic racism, a global pandemic, our government. And yet, some conservatives are choosing to feel very passionately angry about the wonderful, talented Harry Styles wearing a dress in his Vogue photos. 

Tweets by Candace Owens and Ben Shapiro are some of the best examples of this odd outrage over what garments a person chose to wear. While I'm equally disgusted by both of these tweets, I want to focus on what Ben Shapiro said because he is stuck on the idea of "outward indicators" of masculinity and femininity. Of course, it's hard to take anything seriously from the man who claimed that a woman's natural lubrication during arousal is a medical condition, but I digress. 

A dress is a piece of fabric -- a type of garment worn by humans for about 5,000 years. Men wore skirts and dresses throughout history -- in Ancient Rome, Egypt and Greece. Ancient Aztecs even wore them as military costumes. Pants were worn, historically, if it was cold outside or if a person was going to ride a horse. And yes, the way we dress changes over time, and things like dresses have become a traditionally "feminine" piece of clothing. But doesn't this in itself, the fluidity of fashion and how it changes over time, show the fluidity of masculinity and femininity? Or the fact that men in present-day societies wear dresses and it isn't considered feminine? If these "outward indicators" are so fluid throughout time, history, and across cultures, doesn't that maybe point us towards the notion that this entire idea is a societal construct that can and should be changed if it no longer makes sense in our world?

It doesn't say anywhere in the bible that men should not wear dresses or skirts. It's not in our DNA that girls like pink and that boys like blue. We've created each and every one of these things. The creation of these things has made it so that a little boy is made to feel lesser than because he wants to play with a doll or wear a skirt. The creation of these things has been harmful to our society. 

How and why are we still talking about what clothing people choose to wear?

Based on Shapiro's own logic of outward indicators, he probably never drinks white wine or a fruity cocktail at a bar or watches a romantic comedy. Because he is anatomically and biologically male, I guess that means he's only allowed to read books about mustaches, whiskey, and peeing standing up!

I think it's probably pretty sad to live in Ben Shapiro's little world. While he's locked himself in that tiny, close-minded box, furiously tweeting about a Cardi B song and what a pop star wore on the cover of a fashion magazine, the rest of us will be out living freely, wearing whatever the hell we want. 

Madeleine Ouellette

Posted on November 25, 2020 12:12

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