The Internet Broke
Maybe you didn’t hear, but last week the internet broke again. No, nothing Kardashian related this time. Apparently, the internet broke because Jaden Smith wore a skirt. This brings up a question that I have actually had since I was young – if I can wear a pantsuit and nobody cares, why can’t a male choose to wear a dress? It’s just an article of clothing after all, isn’t it? I can also wear hoodies, jeans, button down shirts – basically I can wear whatever I want to and nobody jumps to any conclusions about my sexual orientation or general identity. Nobody blinks an eye. People close to me are well aware that I have a little boy who loves nothing in his closet more than his Hello Kitty dress. It’s been worn so much that it is literally a tattered shred of a dress at this point, but as soon as he sees it’s available it’s the only thing he wants to wear. Any why shouldn’t he? He has no idea at this age that certain colors are “girl colors.” They’re all just colors to him, as they should be. When did we start categorizing colors by gender anyway? It absolutely breaks my heart that conclusions could be drawn about him based on what he wears. You might be thinking, “Nobody judges 2 year olds for their clothing choices,” but that’s not true. It’s done with subtlety, but it’s done. I already heard someone close to him say, “That’s a great outfit to wear at home, but not when you go out.” And right there is where it begins, folks. That’s where the messages start that there is something wrong with you if you dress a certain way. I feel like we have better things to focus our attention on. Let’s be honest here: Jaden Smith looks better in a dress than I do on most days. So men, if you want to rock in something different for a change, come on over to “our” section of the clothing aisle. There’s a bigger selection, which means you all won’t be wearing the exact same outfit all of the time! Plenty to share and you’re welcome to it.