I just read an article this morning which wasn’t that well written, but still brought up an potentially interesting discussion for us who struggle with crossdressing. You can read it here. It’s all about whether men can wear aprons. It’s also kind of interesting to read people’s comments below the article.
I did a post before about refusing to wear my wife’s apron. I believe I had good reasons for that. But in general I do think it makes sense for men to wear aprons. They are a very practical item and it makes sense that both sexes should be allowed to wear them. Preferably it would be nice if they were strictly a unisex item, so that aprons were not tailor made specifically to be feminine or masculine. Why can’t we just have one apron that fits us both rather than needing separate ones for the wife and husband? My problem with wearing my wife’s apron is that it is clearly designed to be feminine. Therefore, when I am wearing it I feel like I am crossdressing, because it’s an apron made for women. For now, I will continue not to wear it.
But I also don’t want to be legalistic. Practically everything these days is designed to be feminine or masculine. If my wife’s phone was pink and geared towards women (which it isn’t because she doesn’t like pink), then I would still be willing to use it. If she had a feminine looking pair of scissors, I’d still use that. It gets me really frustrated and angry that we make everything geared for a certain gender. Why can’t we just make things that are useful and can be used by everybody rather than just by one gender? Maybe that’s just another symptom of our materialistic culture. We are so rich that we don’t want just one thing for a husband and wife to share, or a boy and girl to share, they each have to have their own tailor made for their gender (usually according to stupid gender stereotypes).
With some of these things, it could be potentially difficult to draw the line at what is crossdressing and what is not like with aprons, or the phone, etc. And beyond that difficult issue, is the other difficult issue of what I perceive as crossdressing. Something could be harmful to me if it feels like crossdressing, even if it isn’t crossdressing. I can wrap a towel around my body when getting out of the shower, and it almost looks like a skirt. If it felt a lot like a skirt to me and it was causing me problems, that is reason enough not to do it. But in reality, it doesn’t do anything for me and doesn’t seem like crossdressing to me.
Anyway, just some quick ramblings I wanted to get out, but now I need to get back to work on my sermon on this busy day!