Sunday, December 5, 2010

Rejecting the Gender Binary in Fashion

Rejecting the Gender Binary in Fashion highlights Kasemeneo, a man who decided that he didn't like that department stores are categorized into gender-specific areas. He also calls attention to acceptance of women wearing menswear and societal disapproval of men wearing women's clothing. Keeping with the definition of queer being all those who fall outside of the social norm (white, male and masculine, heterosexual and able-bodied), the concepts of gender binaries and classification by gender give this article relevance to Queer Theory, in that Kasemeneo acknowledges that gender is performed rather than biologically predisposed, and thus can be expressed in many different ways. The images provided of his everyday dress illustrates the fluidity of gender expression.

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