The Androgynous Vault is a blog (and sometimes vlog) about the lives of two androgynous girls in Brisbane. This blog offers a perspective of life through androgynous eyes.
That's just me and geography....Volume 33
Greetings and salutations androgynous folks of all kinds, this is the Ninja here reporting once again for the androgynous vault on pnttv. As you can see I have titled this week's blog with some 'An Horse' lyrics (a slap on the wrist for those that don't know this amazing band! and another slap for those that aren't running away to google them right now). The reason for these an horse lyrics is because today I want to discuss how androgyny is accepted across different societies.
This week I've been doing a lot of thinking about how different societies accept and react to androgyny. Prior to arriving in China I did not know much about how the Chinese society felt about androgyny and I was very skeptical of how this new society would accept my androgynous looks and ways. However, lucky for me, I have found myself living in a country that embraces androgyny. In fact, I have found I was hassled more for my androgynous ways back home in Australia than I am here in China. This made me think about why this is and what things it is that make these two different societies react differently to androgyny.
I did some research and what I found was several pieces of evidence of androgyny being embraced by western society. Let us discuss these first then in my next blog I will consider why my experiences of being androgynous in my own home country (a western society) have not been so welcoming.
As it turns out, evidence of androgyny being embraced by society appears everywhere...you just need to think about it carefully. Of course, it is easy to see that androgyny has been institutionalised by the entertainment and fashion industries. As 'trendsetters', entertainment and fashion industries have played a large role in advancing a more challenging perspective of gender identity in our current era. Glamorous male and female models wearing androgynous outfits can be seen strutting their stuff down catwalks or posing for the covers of magazines. Also, I just found out that cosmetic companies have joined in to lure our metrosexual brothers (also known as, aesthetically conscientious straight men) to beauty products which were once upon a time considered exclusively for women.
We also have our favourite androgynous musicians to think about. Especially those 80s icons - Boy George, David Bowie and Prince who made headlines as they captured the world's fascination with their gender ambiguity. Perceived as a worldwide idol, Michael Jackson personified androgyny with his falsetto voice and effeminate mannerisms. Let's not forget about Hollywood. Movies depicting beautiful women as intelligent, tough and strong adversaries in leading roles have been around since the 1980s.
Here's some more evidence...what about the transformation of the workforce in developed countries? (See the evidence is all there if you just think carefully). The current economic situation in Western societies sees women working with men as equals due to the elevated status of women in previously male-oriented societies.
Perhaps the biggest piece of evidence I found whilst researching was the following statement, "Human is by nature androgynous". Let me explain further. Let us think about human beings, all human beings are born with both sex hormones, furthermore men and women have the same emotions but their gender behaviours are conditioned by society and social norms that vary from culture to culture. By discarding these imposed restrictions and inhibitions, would one not discover the 'natural' androgynous self?
Some may believe that androgyny is just a passing trend, and others may think that it's part of the evolution of humanity. Whatever one may think it is clear that as the world becomes more integrated and complex, our societies will continue to create and change social norms and like everything else we can only wait and see how this will affect androgyny.
Take some time to think about this and get back to me on your thoughts and ideas.
Remember drink lots of water, eat lots of fruit and don't forget to be awesome!
Comments? Questions? Anything?
other places to find us..
- Volume One - The Introduction
- Volume Two - Gender Confusion
- Volume Three - Categories and Neatly Defined Boxes
- Volume Four - Tomato sauce, Assassinations and a woman Prime Minister
- Volume Five - Undergarments and Academic Tanned Skin
- Volume Six - Naked and Nakedness?
- Volume Seven - Prejudice and Pride
- Volume Eight - It Gets Better
- Volume Nine - It's a plane, it's a pirate, wait no it's just Moneth
- Volume Ten - Purple, Revel and Riot, This Just Out and lot's of androgyny in between
- Volume Eleven - Androgynous Clothing
- Volume Twelve - Finally...Here's MoneT aka Pirate
- Volume Thirteen - Beauty
- Volume 14: unisex toilets? let's discuss.
- Volume 15: The Recent UN Vote And It's Consequences To Us Androgynous Folk
- Volume 16: We Need You
- Volume 17: Bright lights and two spirit sexuality
- Volume 18: Tegan and Sara...confusing the general public...dumb questions.
- Volume 19: The Glamorous Kind
- Volume 20: Androgy on Holiday
- Volume 21: QLD Flood Crisis
- Volume 22: Androgyny on Holiday: Part 2
- Volume 23: She So Hard
- Volume 24: righto chaps! cup of tea then? Let's celebrate!
- Volume 25: Androgyny travels to the East
- Volume 26: Boys in the girls room...Girls in the men's room
- Volume 27: Observations of the Ninja Kind
- Volume 28: Help, I want to see some androgynous art!
- Volume 29: Androgynous Teacher
- Volume 30: Special Weekend Edition of the Androgynous Vault!
- Volume 31: Blurry lines. Let's here it for the Sistagirls!
- Volume 32: Science, blogs, art and presidents!
- Volume 33: That's just me and geography....
- Volume 34: Just can't get enough...