The Right to be Handsome

Clothing makers breaking barriers. See more at Marimacho, The Handsome Butch, and our sibling site, Genderplayful.

Posted by on August 30th, 2014 at 08:00 am

Category: video 7 comments »

7 Responses to “The Right to be Handsome”

  1. radical/rebel

    yay!!! I love PBS, style, and gender non-conforming people!


  2. Anonymous

    Yet again we see so-called gender non-conformity and androgynous clothing basically means “Men’s clothing for everyone” or as it says at one point in the video “masculine women”
    It’s all very well for a female-bodied (or female perceived) individual to put on a suit and blur gender lines, but where are the options for those wanting/needing to downplay the masculine? No offence to the blog mentioned, but there’s more to androgyny than just The Handsome Butch.


    Hanssen replied:

    Wanting to be more masculine is ok because men are strong and powerful and you SHOULD want to be like that! (<– sarcasm) Ugh.

    It's ok to ration out the mind-expansion tho, I think. If people need to focus on a more socially acceptable aspect of gender non-conformity in order to 'break the ice' and accept it all-up down the road, then so be it.


    Angelus Lupus replied:

    Me from above (forgot to put my name earlier)
    Ration it out? Women (I’ll generalise and use the term as 99% of the public would) have been publicly wearing traditionally male suits since the 1920’s (when it was new and daring, with a mild hint of Lesbianism) and the 80’s gave us the power-dressing business suit. The ‘ice’ – insofar as it refers to (perceived)women dressing in a masculine fashion – was broken decades ago. With the minor exception of the hippie culture of long hair and floral patterns, the reverse (traditionally feminine styles for male bodies) is woefully lacking and far from socially ‘acceptable’


    Hanssen replied:

    Right. I agree with all of that. I guess I just mean that… currently, people are really talking about gender stuff in the mainstream a lot more than before (as far as I know, with my limited gender history knowledge). It’s been socially acceptable for women to dress masculine for ages, but I feel like now there’s people (as in the PBS video) making a statement that it’s not a style choice. It’s who they are, and it’s different than what you might be comfortable with. It doesn’t seem like that was the case previously.

    I’ve been my current gender non-conforming self for just about a year now, and I have learned SO MUCH that I just had no idea about before. I think most people are in that same boat. They know where are “trans” people, and they kind of get that in the binary sense. From media mostly (unfortunately). This grey-area stuff is very under the radar, and I think it’s going to take some time for people to just realize that non-binary gender-conforming is even a thing.

    Hanssen replied:

    Ugh, typos. At the end I meant “gender NON-conforming.”

    Hanssen replied:

    I’m getting a little wordy on this topic now, I know… but… I’ve stopped under-estimating the plight of the female-bodied genderqueer/trans person. I used to get almost angry at how “easy” they have it. “It’s socially acceptable for women to wear men’s clothing! They can pretty much wear anything and nobody even cares!” But, now I wonder if that acceptability actually is super frustrating if you’re trying to be “seen” as who you feel you are and not just a tomboy-ish girl.

    On the flipside, prob everybody who sees a guy wearing a dress assumes there’s something more going on there than just style/fashion.

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