“Where is all the cum?” The fifth episode in the second series of ‘Tales of A Fuckgirl’…
“Do you have a penis or a vagina?”
Oh yeah, she said it! This week women were tweeting about rape culture, pronouns, and body positivity.
“Maybe I should have said something, but at that moment, just getting out of there unnoticed and safely seemed most important…”
For now, I’m a boy, and I’m a mama, and those seemingly contradictory truths are things I can accept about myself.
I knew Marcus was no longer Marcus.
At this point gender basically exists to sell us stuff.
It’s a bad time to be a woman.
And yes, there IS a difference.
This is just plain embarrassing.
Ever thought you’d get your fashion inspo from Kim Kardashian’s dad? Neither did we.
Soon there will be no such thing as a ‘girls’ or ‘boys’ building set, or even pink and blue for that matter – at least in Target, that is.
In an Australian first, the national retailer has announced that it will be removing gender labels on products in the toys, home and entertainment departments and instead replacing them with more gender neutral signage.
In a recent statement, the megastore revealed that customers had been complaining – particularly via social media – about certain signs throughout the store that suggested toys or products based on gender.
“Guests have pointed out in some departments like Toys, Home or Entertainment, suggesting products by gender is unnecessary,” said the retailer. “We heard you and we agree.”
Pointing out that Target “never want guests or their families to feel frustrated or limited by the way things are presented,” the spokesperson announced that the company will be ditching gender signs across childrens’ toys, bedding and books, and even going as far as to remove coloured wall paper that makes reference to boy/girl in the toy aisles.
Gender signage is going to remain in clothing departments, however, with the national retailer advising that it “makes sense” due to sizing differences. You can expect to see the changes roll out over the next few months.
What do you think about the changes?
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As somebody who loves fashion, I still think it’s important not to romanticise the fashion industry. There is no doubt that it is one of the most homogeneous and exclusive industries with the large majority of models being white, tall, skinny, and female. Of course, this is not representative of modern society, so whenever somebody in fashion escapes that “norm” and thinks outside the box, it’s pretty exciting.
Last week, internationally acclaimed modeling agency IMG signed Hari Nef, a 22-year old transgender model and artist who has walked at New York Fashion Week and describes her occupation as “doing things in front of people.” IMG Paris had previously signed transgender model Valentijn de Hingh, while size-22 model Tess Holliday covered People magazine last week, so one might get the impression that there is a shift in the fashion industry to be more accepting and more diverse.
While these few examples of successful models outside the “fashion-norm” are a step in the right direction, it’s the motivation behind these business decisions that potentially remain problematic; does IMG sign a transgender model because they think she has the same potential as every other model, or because they know it will get a lot of publicity? Will Tess Holliday on the cover of People magazine make designers think twice when booking size-0 models for their shows? Probably not.
Either way, it would be great to see Nef on more runways and in more magazines now that she is with IMG, but she does have a point when saying that “fashion is having a moment with trans aesthetics, not trans issues.” One can only hope that this “moment” triggers awareness and ultimately turns into acceptance and more inclusion rather than exclusion.
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