The entirely pointless controversy surrounding men in dresses

Just tell me why you care so much.

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Popular rapper Young Thug donned a purple dress by designer Alessandro Trincone for his Jeffery album cover, a boundary pushing move considering the immense hyper masculinity associated with the hip-hop genre.

Brendan Wells, Web Editor

A very simple fact of life that often goes overlooked is the stark fact that whether you like it or not, things change. It’s inevitable. However, the ways in which you deal with that change are entirely up to you. Some react well, and some don’t. But your inability to accept change doesn’t provide you with an excuse to critique someone’s ability to do so.

 

The turn of the century marked a massive shift in the way we live; the digital age took off, and for better or for worse, we never looked back. People changed the way they live, and with access to the internet being largely widespread, people could now see how others outside their own secure bubble live. While some took the opportunity to step outside of themselves and gain a little perspective, others shunned and shamed anything they saw as different from their own way of living. The prime example in my opinion comes from the unnecessarily violent and angry reaction to men embracing femininity in their clothing or lifestyles. I’m not gonna pretend to be a fashion guru–I truly don’t know anything–but it’s always seemed really odd to me how much people care. From Candace Owens pleading to “bring back manly men” to Ben Shapiro claiming that men in dresses is an attempt to “feminize masculinity,” I could never quite place my finger on why something that has absolutely no effect on a person would bother them this much.

 

When people ask me my opinion, I typically respond with the same thing; I don’t care. I actually think it’s kinda cool. Our society has progressed far past the point of placing gender on a ridiculously high pedestal, and men wearing dresses somewhat blurs the lines. There’s no such thing as “boy clothes” or “girl clothes” anymore, and the inability of some to accept that is insane to me, mainly because of some of my own experiences. I work at an elementary school doing after school care, and I find it hysterical that children are far more accepting and understanding of each other’s differences than grown adults. Seeing this first hand proves the incredibly notable point that hate isn’t organic; it’s taught. And until we as a collective human race are able to accept what isn’t considered “normal” by societal standards, our progress will remain stunted. So do yourself and your future children a favor, just let it go.