From the Oblivious* File
A lesbian columnist wrote a piece in The Guardian complaining that the straight women who wear less-than-feminine clothing are “appropriating” lesbian culture and making it too hard for lesbians to tell who the other lesbians are.
Awfercyinoutloud … now, acceptance is a friggin’ microagression!
Personally, I blame her inadequate gaydar.
The columnist … describes the trend of what she calls “unisex style” as a new thing, blaming the “high-street ubiquity of unisex outfitters … and the androgynous cuts of Scandinavian shops ….” “What was once a queer-owned style has shifted to the mainstream, being appropriated by straight women to the point that it’s now impossible to infer a sexual orientation from the way a woman dresses,” [she] writes in a piece titled “Butch chic: how the gender-neutral trend has ruined my wardrobe.”
Sayyy, whatever happened to the mantra that gay/lesbians are just like regular people?
(What? Well, “regular” is more of a nano-agression, isn’t it?)
According to [her], examples of this “butch chic” style include printed T-shirts, “skirts without peplums or lace,” torn vests “riot grrrl boots,” and, in general, outfits where “functionality takes precedence.”
She is kind enough to clarify that she believes [women] allowed to pick out our own clothes: “Obviously it’s fine. I’m not one to tell straight women to dress straight,” she writes. [story]
Sooo, this was just a bitchy whine, then?
[*thwack* *owww!* Okay, okay, I'm a pig! Now let me up!]
(What? Nah, just enjoying the silliness** often encountered in the British press.)
* Cultural ref
** Cultural ref
Disclosure: one of the hetero-sexiest female ladies I ever knew regularly wore plaid flannel shirts (bra-less and partially unbuttoned), jeans, timber boots, and a pixie haircut … and that was in 1968.
(And in a LBD with heels, she was killer !)
This, brothers and sisters, comprises the entirety of my understanding of ladies’ fashion.