russell higgs

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wednesday 04102006

KEEPING UP APPEARANCES

Yesterday I was in a shop where I overheard someone apologising for mistaking a girl baby for a boy.
"I should have noticed she's got little pink boots on" they said.

Now there may well be some of you who would opt to use the word "bizarre" when describing my appearance in these daily self portraits. But I'll tell you, what is truly truly bizarre in our society is that anybody would continue to collude in the concept of gender specific clothing.

I have a friend who found a second-hand shirt he liked, but he wouldn't buy it because it buttoned up the "wrong" way. I didn't even know there was such a thing as gender specific buttoning until that moment. In fact with this text rant forming in my mind yesterday, I actually popped into a shop to check if clothing aimed at women really did button up on the other side.

The prohibitions against girls and women wearing trousers in schools, the workplace, and fine restaurants have mostly been eroded in our society. Yet the phrase "we can see who wears the trousers in your house" is still in existence as a mildly derogatory quip.

And there's still a lot of fuss made when a boy or man chooses to wear a skirt.

In my experience as a man with several skirts in his wardrobe, the attention you get wearing one in public is good and bad in equal measure. I've had a number of women approach me in the street when I've been wearing a skirt, and they've told me that their male partner wears a skirt around the house, but he wouldn't dare wear it in public. Subsequently whenever I see a man in the street wearing a skirt I make a conscious effort to tell him he looks great.

But fundamentally we have to get a grip on reality folks and remember that its all just clothes. It just doesn't matter what we choose to wear.

wednesday 04102006

KEEPING UP APPEARANCES

Yesterday I was in a shop where I overheard someone apologising for mistaking a girl baby for a boy.
"I should have noticed she's got little pink boots on" they said.

Now there may well be some of you who would opt to use the word "bizarre" when describing my appearance in these daily self portraits. But I'll tell you, what is truly truly bizarre in our society is that anybody would continue to collude in the concept of gender specific clothing.

I have a friend who found a second-hand shirt he liked, but he wouldn't buy it because it buttoned up the "wrong" way. I didn't even know there was such a thing as gender specific buttoning until that moment. In fact with this text rant forming in my mind yesterday, I actually popped into a shop to check if clothing aimed at women really did button up on the other side.

The prohibitions against girls and women wearing trousers in schools, the workplace, and fine restaurants have mostly been eroded in our society. Yet the phrase "we can see who wears the trousers in your house" is still in existence as a mildly derogatory quip.

And there's still a lot of fuss made when a boy or man chooses to wear a skirt.

In my experience as a man with several skirts in his wardrobe, the attention you get wearing one in public is good and bad in equal measure. I've had a number of women approach me in the street when I've been wearing a skirt, and they've told me that their male partner wears a skirt around the house, but he wouldn't dare wear it in public. Subsequently whenever I see a man in the street wearing a skirt I make a conscious effort to tell him he looks great.

But fundamentally we have to get a grip on reality folks and remember that its all just clothes. It just doesn't matter what we choose to wear.

comments (8)

  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Oct 2006, 09:58
I was having this very conversation with my climbing partner Sushie (female) only the other night. It's not only buttons Russell but zips have muscled their way into gender specific roles also. Who on earth gives a fig about the way we button or zip and why are they different? Who decided that we need to be oriented differently, because I have no idea!

On Sunday, It was my God daughters 4th birthday. So I did my duty, bought a lovely girly card but all the envelopes that fitted the card were blue, this did not bother me at all, infact I did not even notice untill her mother pointed it out!

I so hate noisy pointless presents, so I bought her some lego "That's not a very girly present" said her grandfather!!! Hmmmm! I retorted, Well at least she is finding pleasure in throwing it around the room, the fairy wand and wings that you have given her appear to be discarded in the corner.

Love the image.

Mal
Lol smile - This serie is very creative !
And i see you've chosen to wear a non-gender specific (after all multi grain bread is good for both men and women) polythene bag today. Good choice in the light of you write up today, i say so because, IMHO, the bag over your face makes you look somewhat constrained and your expression uncomfortable, sort of the way society tends to restrict us all with its rules.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Oct 2006, 14:46
You crack me up. I think I wiill stick to wearing manly clothes though smile

Suby
russell higgs: Why?
  • Shanti
  • Switzerland
  • 4 Oct 2006, 15:28
apparently surprised, that eye peeks over a plastic edge of multi-level tightness, and sees. i like the half-clear half-green and the sunflower's a nice touch too on a real nice hat. screw the shadows i like them too.
  • Shanti
  • Switzerland
  • 4 Oct 2006, 15:36
apparently surprised, that eye peeks over a plastic edge of multi-level tightness, and sees. i like the half-clear half-green and the sunflower's a nice touch too on a real nice hat. screw the shadows i like them too.

i like men in skirts, kilts, sarongs, etc. i don't see much of that in zurich, however. and the women mostly wear slacks here, and a lot of black, which is a sort of disturbing comment on femininity. i think there's something to be said for both extremes, the gender-specific thing, but also the gender-negating thing.

thanks for your courage and expression, russell.
  • jc
  • ch
  • 4 Oct 2006, 15:45
the question is "why not?" smile
  • jc
  • ch
  • 4 Oct 2006, 15:57
suby probably means that he will stick to the little blue boots...

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