“Why are dudes dressing like females?”
“Only men who are celebrities can wear skinny jeans and get away with it and people will say that stuff looks cute or that it looks nice…
If you’ve been keeping up with hiphop culture (or even pop culture) for that matter, these are some of the thoughts I’m sure you’ve been having lately. And if you haven’t, I sure have. Trends in fashion typically are a reflection of what is going on in the world at that moment in time, and one must wonder what is happening in our world that is provoking designers to promote, and consumers to consume, fashion that is neither specifically male nor female.
At his Aug. 5th stop on the Glow in the Dark tour, Kanye West addressed the issue of how personal interpretation can often be hurtful and disrespectful by saying, “You know how many people came at me, calling me ‘gay’ cause I wear my jeans the fresh way? …That sh** is disrespectful.”
Anyone who know me properly will know that I respect Kanye and I believe he is innovative and refreshing in an where absence of thought seems to be celebrated. And I appreciate Kanye’s penchant to unapologetically verbalize his thoughts. He me think, just as I encourage my readers to. However, Kanye is experiencing the effects of a culture that has embraced delicacy and more feminine ways, and not everyone is ok with it.
Kanye brought to light the connection between representation and truth.
On its face, men are no longer required to represent themselves in hyper masculine ways. When men are not visibly representative of their stereotyped masculinity, they are labelled in ways that question their heterosexuality. I don’t agree with labelling someone solely based upon how they look, but at it’s hard to ignore what appears to be the obvious. When a man is undoubtedly effeminate in his appearance, perceptions are created.. Even though there is a saying now that men that are like that are Metrosexuals (KMT rubbish).
I do see that men are embracing their femininity, and the tight jeans are just a small example of that. Still, some men are going a tad bit too far with trying to toe the line of “I’m straight but I don’t act like it’. More and more men are adopting social behaviours and styles of dress that are so androgynous, so sexually blurred, that the lines between heterosexuality and homosexuality, male and female, are no longer drawn clearly in the sand, and the fear of crossing back and forth over them is no longer as prevalent.
For years, entertainment culture has tried to include everyone, straight, gay, or in-between. But in recent years, with the rise of metrosexuality, heterosexual men are seeing their masculinity compromised.
Pick up any high fashion magazine, or specifically, the American Apparel clothing catalogue, and you’re likely to see men posed in ways that are clearly geared towards the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community. Once considered “hardcore” rappers are proudly sporting nut-hugging pants that would give any woman a crazy yeast infection.
And if at all you want to wear skinny jeans ensure you have the right shape of legs to go with it, I mean what’s up with men that wear skinny’s and know full well that they have bowlegs, knocked knees two left feet, big thighs, massive calves, and lastly bulging manhood….pls pls pls its meant to be hidden….. FIX UP…
So, I ask you enlightened folks a few questions: If androgynous clothing styles are stereotypically considered to be more “gay-friendly” than “hetero-friendly”, why are heterosexual men being encouraged to believe that it’s cool or trendy to adopt these types of fashion choices? Like I questioned above, what are these messages sending? And, like I like to ask “are these just trends… or are people using this as an excuse to show their true colours?”
Note: This is not an anti-gay post. I am purely curious as to why the lines between hetero/homo are being erased as they pertain to heterosexual men.