Challenging Gender Constructs in Society

Why stick to gender norms in pop culture? What you wear is nobody else’s business, so why is it such a huge thing and why are so many negative stereotypes attached to what you wear?

This isn’t something I’d usually post about, but it’s such an important subject and is more relevant to media and pop culture than most things. I’d like to tell you a story, something that affects me and could well affect you. While I’m mainly talking about the female gender here, this counts for boys and whatever you identify as too! #GenderEquality

I am happy being female and I don’t at all question my gender, however, I feel that girls clothes are restrictive, what with popular culture depicting women as mainly skinny. Plus the fact that I’m short and not exactly slim means that any jeans are especially hard to find. So sometimes I’ll wear a guy’s hoodie or something, because I feel more comfortable.

Things like that I can away with, but there are some things I always felt I couldn’t wear.  One of these things is ties. I love ties. I own loads of them but I don’t have the confidence to wear them to college out of fear of what people will say. Last Wednesday however, I finally wore a tie outside.

My Tie Selfie

My Tie Selfie

This came about by me posting in a group I’m in on Facebook called StarKid Fans Unite. I found that I wasn’t the only one who wanted to wear a tie, so some other members and I decided to band together and all wear ties on that day. They say strength comes in numbers and now I know just how true it is.

TIE Jessica Aiken

Jessica’s Tie Selfie

TIE Emma Bates

Emma’s Tie Selfie

And yes, people did have things to say about my gender, but I am comfortable being who I am: a tie wearing female. I understand that it is hard not to take other people’s opinions to heart, but you must remember that what other’s think is not your fault in any way. If people are concerned about what you wear, something that doesn’t affect them in any way, that is their problem. And that goes for any of your lifestyle choices that are solely your own.

You don’t have to bend to social constructs; you are an individual, embrace who you are! I hope this article aids in helping to diffuse these constructs and if you have your own story to share, please leave it in the comments or tweet me, I’d love to hear them! Whatever the world throws at you, the best thing you can do is stay you, because you are awesome.

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6 thoughts on “Challenging Gender Constructs in Society

  1. I absolutely agree: gender constructs are utter bull. It’s good to see people speak about these things, and I think every post counts. Keep it up! 🙂
    Also, have you read the book Raising my Rainbow? I read it when I was fouteen, and that’s when I realised that things need to be changed.

    Here’s a blog post I wrote about the book, and gender norms in general:
    http://thebabblingbumblingbaboon.blogspot.in/2014/02/a-son-who-loves-dolls.html?m=1

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