At my high school, it’s spirit week, and tomorrow’s themed spirit day is "Bro Day," in which girls are encouraged to dress like “bros”: baggy shorts, t-shirts, snapbacks, sneakers. As for boys? Not much for them to do. So, the girls actually have to work to show school spirit, but for most of the boys, all they have to do is show up. Alright.
We used to have a gender-bender day, but it was banned because too many parents called to complain about their sons dressing in feminine clothing (and not enough boys even dressed up for it to really be equal). Why is that such a problem? So it’s okay for girls to dress like boys, but not for boys to dress up like girls? Even more, it’s considered “degrading” for a boy to dress feminine, but if a girl dresses masculine nobody bats an eye? Also relevant is the idea that almost all masculine clothing is considered unisex, but no feminine clothing is considered unisex at all.
Going back to the boys who dressed in feminine clothing, all of them wore more sexual/revealing clothing: yoga pants, bodycon skirts and dresses, etc. I never once saw a boy wearing skinny jeans or a blouse, or a normal skirt and t-shirt, or even a pair of strappy sandals; in other words, feminine outfits that don’t pose a threat to the (admittedly misogynistic) dress code. Boys, why is this? Is it because you believe that women cannot exist unless they’re portrayed in a sexual way? I really want to know: why do you only dress to the sexual aspect of women’s clothing? None of the girls who dressed up for gender bender day tried to be sexual at all: as with Bro Day, baggy shorts and snapbacks were the norm.
TL;DR: I’m very frustrated with “Bro-Day” and “Gender-Bender Day.”
Smash the idea that your gender determines the clothes you should wear. Crush the idea that it’s degrading for men to dress in feminine clothing. Slay the idea that women need to be sexual in order to be recognized.