Well, not that I would ever don a women's blazer and eye shadow, but I do feel like gender-blurring has almost become an established tradtion for young people trying to...I don't know - are they having fun? When I see it, I feel amused. Partially because here before me is a man trying to not only look like a woman, but also seeming a bit emasculated. I also find it funny because, as you indicate, it really isn't a particularly groundbreaking style, but these people often do have a standoffishness, which could be interpreted as elitism. But perhaps they are just proud of being the current torchbearers of a venerable tradition. Men have been trying to look like women since long before they put on suits. Men have always made scenes by crossdressing. Most famously the Roman Emperors: Caligula, Nero, Elagabalus, and others. From Greek vases and other pictorial representations, we can observe countless men dressing or doing their faces like women. Not to mention the number of gods who would take male and female form at will, were always both, or dressed as women. Bhoddisatvas, Shiva, Aztec gods, even Hercules was accused of it. In our own time, we have Beaument or something who was at Louis XV's court, J. Edgar Hoover, etc. But still, when David Bowie, Alice Cooper and the rest put on a dress it is as if they are tearing society to shreds. Then in very recent times Marilyn Manson and Beckham do it again, and there is an uproar. And of course the Thesbians always have been men, from Greece to China, and had to dress like woman. Having equated all of these apples and oranges, what then are my personal thoughts on the subject? I think it should be accepted as a silly but inevitable part of the history of fashion and manhood. The hipsters in Williamsburg may not be so creative, but when I see them in other places, I always rejoice. There were several such types at my university, and I was always happy to see them. On a cold snowy winter morning, a drag queen type in a tight velvet suit, cowboy boots, a bright ascot, and made-up to the nines, never failed to bring a smile to my face. But this is a little different from the hipsters, I suppose. Yes, if you're going to do it, be a grand dame, not just a Dior wannabe.
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2/22/05 at 10:23am