“Stop crying like a girl!”
“You throw like a girl!”
“You are such a big girl’s blouse!”
We have all heard such comments – maybe even used them – but I do have one question…
Why is being a girl an insult?
In a world where 51% of the population is female, why haven’t we evolved passed this dreadful habit of being condescending against women? Really, what is so wrong with being a girl?
These comments still exist, despite how far we have come in fighting for all races and genders to have a level playing field.
We still likely use these ‘insults’ either because we have heard them said before or because we have really never stopped and thought about what these statements mean.
In a pivotal time in society where women continue to fight for equality – consider the current climate of the gender pay gap and the #metoo movement – we need to stop with these throw-away remarks and stereotypes which pull society back from forward progress.
“I’m not ashamed to dress like a woman because I don’t think it’s shameful to be a woman” Iggy Pop
Most people would never think to insult someone’s race or sexuality, but yet are happy to use flippant statements which can insult their gender.
It is not shameful to be a woman. It is shameful to not see everyone and treat everyone on an equal level.
Thankfully fashion is hopping on board the equality train and driving full force into the non-binary revolution.
Gone are the days of pink for girls and blue for boys - with ungendered clothing lines, unisex ranges and gender neutral offerings – the fashion world is in for a big and exciting overhaul in terms of getting rid of stereotypes and pushing towards an ‘anything goes’ and ‘dress for who you are’ motto.
With the development of clothes that fit body and not gender, it’s a wonderful and promising way of dispensing with more labels and encouraging personal choice.
If you are wanting to cultivate a more non-binary style, you will find lots of options around. However don’t be fooled by the loose fitting, wide waisted, boxy styles – this is not about covering up your body – it is about reintroducing yourself to your body and wearing clothes that reflect how you feel within yourself.