"Really disgusting and creepy."
"Oh, that's just gross."
"Ewww, ewww, and ewww! I find this disgusting AND disturbing."
Can you imagine if these were the reactions to Diane Keaton when she "cross-dressed" for her now-classic role in Annie Hall? But that's not what happened at all, is it? Instead, she was hailed as a style icon and the look has rotated through fashion ever since.
So why did male model Andrej Pejic, who looks and dresses like a woman, elicit these comments on this blog yesterday, when the tables were turned?
Let me make it clear that I'm not judging the women who made these comments -- I have to admit that I was shocked when I came across Andrej Pejic's photos yesterday, only because I couldn't believe he was a he!
But I often wonder why, as a society, women who dress in traditional men's clothing and look good doing it are considered to be fashion-forward -- while men who dress as women and look good are considered by many to be ...
What does that say about us?
I have to challenge my own biases here, because frankly when I see a man dressed as a woman, I definitely do a double take. A woman dressed as a man, though, would hardly get a second glance from me.
But in the end, I wonder if we're not doing ourselves a disservice as women to recoil at the thought/sight of men who prefer traditionally feminine clothing and makeup, or activities, or job roles, or, in the case of our sons, toys and dolls.
Why is being feminine such a bad thing?
I'd love to hear what you have to say about this, without getting judgy. To me, it makes for a fascinating debate, and examining our own biases and why we have them is always a good thing.
What do you think, ladies?
Image via Annie Hall