It makes no sense to me why it is "the current year", as the right wing mockingly calls it, while they call for retrograde moral values. And we still gender the vast majority of clothing.
If I go into a clothing store, I end up not liking the majority of clothing, but still finding about %10 of clothing for men, and about %20 of clothing for women that I like. Just by virtue of the fact women's clothing sections are so much larger on average than men's. And it's totally pointless to me.
Firstly, there's the annoying double standard that it is socially acceptable for women to wear men's clothing, far more so than it is socially acceptable for men to wear "women's clothing". Secondly, it is just ever so pointless. Why have it? Clothes are clothes. I can literally even now thankfully, go to men's sections and buy clothing that is themetically traditionally "feminine" in various ways, form fitting, ponies, pink, pastels. All of these things that are unfortunately considered "feminine", in men's sections.
The distinction between "male" and "female" clothing is totally arbitrary. We're human beings, and we all basically use clothing for the same basic purposes. Why not just have human clothing and call it a day?
Common rebuttals and why they are, well, pretty wrong:
1. Men and women have different body types. Justifying different clothing.
Some men have (large)breasts, some women don't. Women aren't defined by their chest size. Saying women should have different clothing because they have boobs, reduces them to their chest size. Some men have wide hips, some women do not. The whole "women have wide, child-bearing hips" is a culturally exaggerated thing. Some women are tall, some men are short. I was assigned male at birth, and am only 5 feet and four inches tall. So it simply isn't true that only women can be "petite".
2. Women need certain clothing because certain clothing is meant to shield them from male sexual desire, like bras. Or, conversely, to enhance sexual appeal. Women need bras to cover their breasts, when even men with large breasts don't, because men get sexually excited by female breasts.
And the normalization of bras as a female only thing, whose purpose is to desexualize and hide the body, instead of being something that simply makes a large chest easier to deal with for people of any gender, only serves to further normalize female breasts exclusively as a sexual object, rather than protect women. It enhances, rather than desexualizes, the female chest, by gendering breasts and calling attention to a chest taboo.
So yeah, simply put, I don't think that gendering clothing accomplishes anything good. Why not go the same route that Target has gone for toys, by removing the "pink girl aisle" and "blue boy aisle" and just removing gender from, well, all products? Clothing included.
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