By now I’m sure most of you have encountered the term, “gender neutral,” at least once in your life. If you haven’t, it can be best described as “a product that is suitable for both the female and male gender.” I like to think it is a very dated term that is no longer applicable to the current state of humanity. There are many people who no longer define themselves as male or female, but as something else altogether. Maybe it is just the definition that needs to be changed, or maybe I’m just asking for too much. Either way, I think it would be best for us to do away with the term and find a better way to describe the equality and fluidity of fashion.
By the time I hit middle school, I was totally over the gender binary and its constraints on the fashion industry. I saw many different types of clothing that I wanted to wear which were not marketed towards me, because at the time, I identified as male. This was discouraging and I thought of all the negative effects this would have on the thoughts of those around me, so I gave up and kept dressing in a manner that matched my assigned sex. This type of thing shouldn’t happen. If you see a skirt or dress that has your name written all over it, march yourself over to that store and buy the darn thing! Fashion should be fun for everyone, and you shouldn’t have to worry about clothing marketed towards a specific gender.
Some of the best fashion looks come from those who are not afraid to step outside of society’s accepted uniform and break the mold. You can’t possibly expect everyone to fit into a hole that is shaped just for you. We as humans only label ourselves as female or male because these are all we are taught from a very young age. Things are getting better though and thanks to the internet, children, teens, and even adults are learning that they are not alone. They’re finding others who feel the same way they do and are finding a way to fill that big hole in their soul.
I would love to one day walk into a store and find aisles and aisles of clothing not separated by signs saying “men’s, women’s, boys, and girls” but solely by age ranges. I know it may never happen, because major companies need to find some way to profit off of clothing, but I hope that for my children’s children, they see this idea come to fruition. When you wear clothing, however you identify is what your clothing becomes. If you identify as something out of the gender binary, then the garment is no longer a woman’s top or a man’s top; it is your top. Many people seem not to be able to understand this concept, and so the ugly cycle keeps on going. If you are one of those people, please consider what you’ve read and what I had to say. It’s 2017 for God’s sake, lets try and all become more inclusive.
I’m sure this post will bring those types of people out of the woodworks, so let’s please keep the discussion positive. The last thing we need is people verbally attacking each other and hurling slurs like every other internet comment section. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised that everyone kept it civil on my “Being Trans In 2017” post. I like discussion, but not arguments.
So, what are your thoughts on the subject? Do you believe in gender neutral fashion? Or are your ideas more old school? Let me know in the comments below!