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Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Gendering of Clothing

Clothing has long be gendered, meaning we have and still do apply sex (female/male) to clothing. Whether its specifically very different clothes (dresses/pants) or similar clothes (shirts/shoes) that are found in sections labeled Mens/Womens, clothing ARE sexed. And in a society where sex dictates possibilities, futures and even vulnerabilities, sexing clothing screams to us both things about ourselves and each other.

What do clothes say to you about you and others?

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  1. My clothes say that I have taste. End of.

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  2. Anonymous1

    Unfortunately, girls are judged by their clothing. It's brutal in high school and junior high in the way that girls trash talk other girls who don't wear the coolest clohtes.



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  3. Is every female who wears "feminine" clothing a victim?

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  4. Anonymous1

    "Is every female who wears "feminine" clothing a victim?"

    No, but there is tremendous pressure put on girls to wear so-called "feminine" clothing.

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  5. My clothes say that I have a great body and I'm not afraid to show it off.

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  6. Ons thing i've noticed is that simplicity is often considered more masculine, if it's your clothing, the same you decorate your house, the way you style your hair, it's the same thing. I really don't get why simplicity is considered to be so unfeminine

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  7. Anon # 2

    "No, but there is tremendous pressure put on girls to wear so-called "feminine" clothing."

    Same situation with guys. Guys also get judged by the clothes we wear.

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  8. As Dirt points out over and over, there is no choice in a misogynist culture. So yes, women who dress "feminine" are clearly victims. It's not possible for them to have chosen to look a certain way. It's not possible for them to go to the store and pick out clothes without the pressures of society forcing them into something feminine.

    No, women don't have a choice about what their clothes say about them.

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  9. The pressures of society for women to look a particular way is entirely female-made.
    Men would have sex with women regardless of how they dress, but women are constantly in competition with each other to attract the best possible mate.
    All women could start wearing jumpsuits and they would still find partners, but it just takes one smart women to tighten up that jumpsuit and show off some cleavage to benefit from an extra bit of attention from men, when all the women see shes getting attention, they will all start tightening up their jump suits and showing off cleavage and those who don't will have less of an advantage.
    The ball will keep rolling and that jumpsuit will evolve in to something else as women constantly compete for male attention.
    Males do this too, but their value is less in their looks and more in their ability to provide for women.

    Women could stop this if they wanted, but they don't want to, its not in their nature.

    Are all women like this? no, just the vast majority of them, its an instinct that is being exploited by the media, hollywood creates the men and women society will look up to for their fame and popularity, hollywood sells the celebrities to marketing, men and women buy the shit they don't need to try and look more like the celebrities they admire, humans crave celebrity, they want to look like them and they want to know everything about them, they will even buy gossip magazines just to read about what they ate and who they fucked. Its no surprise that fashion and music go hand in hand.

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  10. Anonymous1

    "Women could stop this if they wanted, but they don't want to, its not in their nature.

    Are all women like this? no, just the vast majority of them, its an instinct that is being exploited by the media, hollywood creates the men and women society will look up to for their fame and popularity, hollywood sells the celebrities to marketing, men and women buy the shit they don't need to try and look more like the celebrities they admire, humans crave celebrity, they want to look like them and they want to know everything about them, they will even buy gossip magazines just to read about what they ate and who they fucked. Its no surprise that fashion and music go hand in hand."


    It's hard for me to know where to start in response to this post. Little girls from almost infancy are told that to be pretty and popular they should act such and such a way. They constantly see it on t.v.. They see it in magazines, and they even see it on the internet.

    A study by A. Chris Downs and Sheila Harrison from Sex Roles: A Journal of Research found that one out of every 3.8 television commercials has a message about attractiveness in it. They determined that viewers receive roughly 5,260 advertisements related to attractiveness per year (or at least 14 per day). Of these messages, 1,850 of them are specifically about beauty.

    In a study published in the Journal of Advertising, Marketing professors Mary Martin and James Gentry noted that images of blonde, thin women are predominant in mass media, and that these characteristics are often portrayed as being ideal. Martin and Gentry also found that advertising can "impose a sense of inadequacy on young women's self-concepts." This is because some girls and young women compare their own physical attractiveness to the physical attractiveness of models in ads. They then experience lowered self-esteem if they do not feel that they look like the models in advertisements.

    Academic researchers Philip Myers Jr. and Frank Biocca concluded, in their study published in the Journal of Communication, that a woman's self-perceived body image can change after watching a half-an-hour of television programming and advertising.[6] Researchers Yoku Yamamiya and Thomas F. Cash concluded through their study that "Even a 5 minute exposure to thin-and-beautiful media images results in a more negative body image state than does exposure to images of neutral object."

    Likewise, a study by Stice et al. in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology concluded that there is a direct relationship between the amount of media exposure that a young woman has and the likelihood that she will develop eating disorder symptoms.

    http://athena.uwindsor.ca/users/j/jarry/main.nsf/032ecd0df8f83bdf8525699900571a93/aa9ed943e56182bf85256abe005bc3f6/$FILE/Stice%20et%20al%20%281994%29.pd

    Martin and Gentry also found that the mass media "creates and reinforces a preoccupation with physical attractiveness in young women," which can lead to bulimia, anorexia, and opting for cosmetic surgery. She also concluded that, "exposure to ultra-thin models in advertisements and magazine pictures produced depression, stress, guilt, shame, insecurity, and body dissatisfaction in female college students."

    In a study published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Paxton et al. found body dissatisfaction to be more prevalent in young women than in young men.

    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF01537402



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  11. Anonymous1

    Advertising...

    Kantar Media's 2011 index of top advertisers indicates that P&G (Cover Girl etc.) spent just shy of $2.95 billion on advertising.

    Competing with many of P&G's personal care products, L'Oreal put 18.1% more towards its advertising budget in 2011, with the largest volume of these dollars going towards its L'Oreal Paris, Maybelline and Garnier lines. L'Oreal's grand total came in at $1.34 billion spent on advertising according to Kantar Media's index.

    http://www.investopedia.com/financial-edge/0612/7-companies-with-big-advertising-budgets.aspx#ixzz2Enl1P3aS

    If these numbers are correct, it says $1.34 billion not million.

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  12. How to Cure a Feminist

    Turn an unshaven, militant vegan into an acutal girl!

    (great picture...notice the girl in the last part of the picture)

    http://www.picshag.com/show.php?f=pics/032012/from-maxim-magaxine-how-to-cure-a-feminist-big.jpg

    This article was published in 2003 by Maxim a men's magazine.

    1.Win her over by “pretending” to share her beliefs on women’s rights and misogyny. Dropping names of feminists like Gloria Steinem helps men appear to be knowledgeable about the subject. Apparently, the wool can be used to cover a feminist’s eyes, which brings us to the second strategy of our cure.

    2.Open her eyes because feminists are blinded by militancy. Refer the non-shaving feminist to Bust, a “lite” feminist magazine that urges women to be strong and to be sexy and to wear red lipstick and lingerie and high heels. Hold on to your ideals, but look sexy as you’re doing it. You’ll see that sexy rocks and feminism is just one more thing that weighs you down, ladies. Who needs freedom and respect, when you can be a sexy goddess to your man.

    3.Treat her right – just like any other girl. Open doors for her, pay for dinner, and then buy her a tight tank top with the word “feminist” running across her chest. Feminists love that! Nothing like using their sex appeal and their assets to create awareness for the global violence, rape, and sex trafficking of women.

    4.Shift her focus away from feminism and appeal to her interests. Show her you’re not a sexist pig when you buy her a small tank top that accentuates her ample breasts by feeding her hobbies. After she falls for you, because you’re so sincere and sweet, her feminist ideals will fade away, and her eyes will focus on the love and passion she feels for you. It’s so easy to do with a feminist.

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  13. @Anon 10:12

    Touché

    Here's a little quote for you:

    "Just like people who believe they have been born the wrong gender or in the wrong era, I felt like I’d been born into the wrong social class."

    Class dysphoria. That's a new one on me!

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  14. As to the link about the woman who married a rich man, she knew she had to dress, sound, talk, walk a certain way to catch the man of her dreams.

    "It didn’t matter when I needed to default on my electricity bill so
    I could afford hair extensions. I was speculating to accumulate — and I knew it would be worth it."

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1352664/How-marry-millionaire-Shop-girl-Kim-reinvented-land-rich-husband.html#ixzz2ExaB8xbE

    "Just like people who believe they have been born the wrong gender or in the wrong era, I felt like I’d been born into the wrong social class."

    Yes, that is a strange sentence. A lot of people feel like they were born into the wrong social class.

    She sounds like a manipulating gold digger to me. When she hits fifty, I wouldn't be surprised if her husband doesn't dump her for a cute blonde twenty year old.

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  15. I examine someone's personal style, to ascertain clues about their character.

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  16. Wife kills husband who is really a woman, sex in the dark hides prosthetic penis




    http://www.examiner.com/article/wife-kills-husband-who-is-really-a-woman-sex-the-dark-hides-prosthetic-penis

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