Androgyny, fashion and feminism

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What do you think of when the word androgyny comes up? Do you think of a man or a women? Here are some of my favorite androgynous icons….

Freja Beha Erichsen

Grace Jones

Boy George

David Bowie

Agyness Deyn…

At the moment i’m attempting to write an essay on androgyny and its part to play in feminism. I think the two are very connected. Feminism is a belief that women and men should have equal rights to everything, be it political, social or economic. Feminism includes men and women’s rights, together they should be the same. Its not about women defeating men, trying to overpower them or even hating them which I think many people make the mistake of thinking. Maybe that’s why so many women are afraid to call themselves feminists these days? I’m afraid to say it still seems to be a dirty word for my generation, but maybe i’m wrong.

I’ve heard to many women my age rush into conversations stating “Oh no i’m not a feminist don’t worry!” and usually more so if there are men about. Maybe people need to be re-educated on what the word feminism actually means, and why it is in fact still very important. Women’s rights still need to be fought for, why should we be ashamed for believing that?

Androgyny is a word used to describe a person or a style that doesn’t immediately fit into a masculine or feminine look/role. It blurs the lines, and doesn’t conform to gender stereotypes. This could be seen as a statement of sexuality or simply a fashion statement. After all androgyny has made a style comeback from the 80’s recently, just look at Dolce & Gabbana’s ad campaign for last years fall…

… but couldn’t it also be seen as a feminist statement? A statement that says fuck you to gender roles in fashion and hello to equal rights to the clothes we want to wear. Just because a women is dressing more masculine than society might deem normal, doesn’t mean she’s a lesbian. Many straight guys dress a lot more feminine these days. I think fashion is definitely evolving and blurring the lines of masculine and feminine more and more every season.

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