Listen up kids! I have good news in these dark times- or at least, I think it’s wonderful news.
It’s easier to girls to dress up in a masculine way; as a girl so inclined, I can very readily say this. It’s much harder in this society for boys to be feminine than for girls to be masculine- because being feminine is silly, and it isn’t respectful. Feminism is a movement which hopes to change this, for boys, girls, and anything in between.
David Walliams’ The Boy in the Dress is a big step forward in changing the perspective of gender roles, cross dressing and trans rights. Cross dressing and drag have been going on for thousands of years, and of course people have tried to make changes on people’s opinions on it in the past; it isn’t a new issue. However, I think now is the best time for our voices to be heard a little more safely; and so, it’s really wonderful to have Walliams’ book shown on BBC One on Boxing Day, with thousands and thousands of viewers.
Watch The Boy in the Dress on i-player, and discover Dennis’ journey in accepting his femininity in a vastly male environment! It’s a beautiful programme which shows the acceptance of Dennis’ family and friends of who he is.
Now, there are many places and people who are far off from this sort of acceptance; but this programme is a great start.