He was the teacher’s assistant in my Advanced Film class, back when he was an RTVF grad student at UNT. His thesis film was about Belfast, and I hear it’s amazing.

He plays Gaelic football, which is a sport that’s been around since the 1880’s. It’s a bit of a combination of soccer, rugby, and volleyball. His team out in LA just placed 3rd in Nationals. Unfortunately he wasn’t there because he’s in Texas working on a feature length horror film.

women don’t get to wear pants that are made for boys. women wear special lady pants. and if we dress “like boys” legitly, we’re punished. so right off the bat, we need to recognize that the notion that women have special clothing privileges is utter bullshit. (our clothing is also used as a method to blame us for being victims of crime.)

beyond that, we also need to recognize that women’s clothing is used to mark us as “lesser” and “subordinate,” while men’s clothing is used to mark power, utility, importance, and arguably “authenticity” (while women’s fashion is “shallow/fake”).

when men are punished for wearing a dress, they are being punished for being “weak” or “subordinate” (woman-like). when women are punished for wearing pants, they are being punished for subverting subordination. there’s a constantly changing continuum of this general dynamic.

we can’t equate our clothing restrictions because they’re rooted in different problems. more importantly, we should never frame women as “privileged” with the right to behave like a man/powerful person (as that image does by saying we can “wear pants”). it just isn’t true.