Just saw this news article – Nail Polish For Men. Was reading a friend’s blog yesterday about how he hopes that in the future products like dresses would be available for men in the mens department. Well it seems our culture is slowly moving in that direction. If there is nail polish for men, why not skirts for men?
I’m not sure exactly what to think about this. I think culture and dress should gradually change. At first, women wearing pants was seen as crossdressing, but I’m glad for that gradual change and I know my wife is glad for it even more so. But I am also glad that women’s pants are still shaped and cut and designed slightly differently than mens, so that while men and women both wear pants, there are still differences. I guess it wouldn’t be a big deal if they were gender neutral though. But I’m glad women are not wearing mens pants, but rather pants cut for women.
In the same way, I guess that is what this company is doing, making specific nail polish for men, that is different from nail polish for women. But, I don’t like this change to be real honest. It just seems to be crossdressing to me. Just because a company markets something doesn’t make it normal or okay. I still see nail polish as something only for women in our culture. It would take a long time to change that. Of course, there is no real practical reason that it should just be for women, but that is what we are used to.
I think a lot of these companies make stuff like this just as a stupid gimmick, or because its a cool thing these days to dress in metro or unisex ways, or to gender bend in normal dress. I don’t think it’s cool. But if this is the way of the future, so be it. Like I said in another post, I think it’s fine for culture to slowly change, even for one day men to be able to wear dresses cut for men. But I don’t think we as crossdressers should be the ones pushing that change. It’s too dangerous for us because we are doing it for more than just comfort and style and wanting to slowly change the culture. And I think cultural change needs to happen among the whole culture. Women wearing pants might have started small but it gradually took over, so that 99% of women wear pants. I’m going to consider nail polish for men or dresses for men to be crossdressing until the whole culture takes it on as okay. If just a few rebellious individuals dress differently, I don’t count that as true cultural change to make something no longer crossdressing.
Those are just some random thoughts about the article. What do you all think?