Posted 11 июня 2021,, 18:04

Published 11 июня 2021,, 18:04

Modified 24 декабря 2022,, 22:37

Updated 24 декабря 2022,, 22:37

Question of the day: is the man in the skirt a revolutionary or a conservative?

Question of the day: is the man in the skirt a revolutionary or a conservative?

11 июня 2021, 18:04
Despite the fact that the sight of men in supposedly women's clothing still shocks modern people, there is nothing original about it.

For the second week in Spain, flash mob has not diminished the popularity and public resonance among teachers. Male teachers come to work in skirts. In such an unusual, at first glance, way, they decided to support a 15-year-old student who was expelled and sent to a psychologist due to the fact that he appeared in class in a skirt.

By the way, this is not the first time that teachers in Spain unite in defense of one child. In another educational institution, teachers supported a boy who was bullied because of a T-shirt with a cartoon character, NTV channel reported.

Meanwhile, despite all the gender revolutions of recent times, a man in a skirt is still a rare sight. To wear skirts and dresses in everyday life requires remarkable courage - because people on the streets, especially in Russia, are still shocked. And the efforts of menswear designers to make skirts popular, or at least generally accepted, have not yet been crowned with success, writes the popular Harper's Bazaar magazine. And he gives several examples of how world famous characters tried to break this gender stereotype.

So, back in 1971, the legendary David Bowie became one of the first public heroes who brushed aside all the usual gender norms at that time, appearing on people in skirts and dresses. Another rock legend, Kurt Cobain, who performed on stage in floral dresses, starred for magazine covers and just appeared on the streets, is a match for him. Whether this was courageous enough, he did not care at all - and the comparisons with women, in principle, did not offend him in any way. After all, he called women the future of the whole world - and, in particular, the future of rock and roll.

The writer Natasha Hill writes in this regard in her blog:

“A curious thing appears here.

About a woman in trousers, no one, even the denouncers of women's trousers (there are still such) does not say: "Yes, she is a lesbian!" - and in general it does not link with her gender and sex life in any way. Indeed, it has nothing to do with it. Even when women's trousers were still a novelty and a scandal, it seems that nothing of the kind was said about them. It was said that women strive for a male lifestyle and male pursuits - for activities that are more comfortable to indulge in pants. Why did the lady wear men's trousers? They are more convenient, that's all.

But a man who has symmetrically put on a dress or skirt does not evoke any associations, except for the most unambiguous ones.

It turns out that traditionally men's clothing is "normal", this is the default clothing. But traditionally women are perceived as some kind of fierce city (or, to put it more mildly, a carnival costume), which not a single person who is not "obliged" to wear it will willingly don. Unless he wants to stun the layman or label himself as a specific sexual object..."

The readers of this blog agreed that everything masculine is for some reason considered normal, while feminine is a deviation:

“This is in language (the notorious feminitives), and in physiology (treatment protocols are often set by default for a man), and in ergonomics (design of a seat belt), and much more. Although biologically, it is the male Y chromosome that is innovation and deviation from the "basic variant". It's amazing that culture has turned ideas upside down..."

However, in this regard, it is impossible not to remind, including homophobes, who are aroused at the sight of men in skirts, that millions of representatives of the "stronger sex" all over the world today wear "women's clothes".

So, for example, in the Middle East, men almost universally wear jellabs - long dresses, sometimes with hoods. And various kinds of tunics and similar clothes that men wore before they invented pants - what clothes should be considered, male or female? And the judge's robe? And what about the cassock? What about an ancient Roman toga, a Japanese kimono or a Russian caftan? And this is not to mention the fact that in the 19th and early 20th centuries, dress was considered the norm for little boys, and there is a lot of evidence of this - photographs, including of people who became very famous in adulthood.

Well, if you remember how in the Middle and New Ages men wore both stockings and wigs, then it is hardly possible to call a modern man in a skirt the bearer of certain antisocial principles.