Random Topic Friday: Gender Stigmatization of Clothing
Do clothes have a gender? Barring specific clothing items that have a specific mechanical function, like a bra, it seems to me that the only thing that makes clothing have a gender is the choice that a culture makes.
Consider the skirt. It goes by many names in many cultures, but is typified as being a length of fabric worn from the hips down. It comes in all manner of lengths, from the mini-skit to ankle length. In America, if man were to wearing a knee-length skirt that was, for example, yellow and white striped, he might be called a cross-dresser. But if that same knee-length skirt has an Irish or Scottish tartan pattern and a few pleats, it might get a second look, but will be understood to be a traditional form of clothing. The greek's have a version of a traditional skirt called a fustanella, but unlike the Scottish kilt, is worn with full-length leggings.
Going full length, we have a dress. Or is it a robe? When I was involved in medieval reenactment, I had a full-length robe. It was adorned in courtly fashion and could just as well have been a dress if a woman was wearing it.
And there is the color choices of clothing. Personally, I rock a pink business shirt, it looks dead sexy on me and the ladies (read: my wife) thinks it looks hot. But it is now considered feminine. And on a socio-political context, it now could mean I support certain social causes.
This is just me thinking random thoughts today. Welcome to my mind. You are welcome to add of your own random thoughts about clothing gender.