This pattern, women can dress like men, but men don’t dress like women, suggests that there is, in fact, something demeaning, ridiculous, or subordinating about presenting oneself to the male gaze. Most men feel stupid, gross, or vulnerable when they do it. This isn’t just about conformity to different gendered expectations. If it were just about difference women would feel equally weird dressing in men’s clothes. Instead, when women adopt masculine ways of dressing and moving, they often feel empowered. So, when men do femininity they feel ridiculous and when women do masculinity they feel awesome. This is what gender inequality looks like.
can i print this and hang it up everywhere?
Collegiate Church of San Gimignano, Italy, 1356.
Israelites safely cross the Red Sea; Pharaoh and his troops are drowned.
“We were not born critical of existing society. There was a moment in our lives (or a month, or a year) when certain facts appeared before us, startled us, and then caused us to question beliefs that were strongly fixed in our consciousness-embedded there by years of family prejudices, orthodox schooling, imbibing of newspapers, radio, and television. This would seem to lead to a simple conclusion: that we all have an enormous responsibility to bring to the attention of others information they do not have, which has the potential of causing them to rethink long-held ideas.”
This column will change your life:The importance of temporal landmarksBuild more temporal landmarks into your life,
and you’ll experience time differently than if your days
and years are one undifferentiated mush
Walther Klemm. (1883 -1957) Heron. 1910. Woodcut.