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How to change the world one shrug at a time.
This is, by far, the best response to inquiries about male cross-dressing that I have ever heard. If you don’t already love Eddie Izzard, you might now. His response in a nutshell? “I’m not wearing women’s dresses. I’m wearing my dresses. I bought them. They are mine and I’m a man. They are very clearly a man’s dresses.”
Johnny Depp does a similarly good job of refusing to take the bait in this clip from the Late Show with David Letterman. Letterman queries his rationale for wearing a women’s engagement ring. Depp just plays dumb and ultimately says that it didn’t fit his fiancée, but it did fit him. So… shrug.
The phenomenon of being questioned about one’s performance of gender is called “gender policing.” Generally there are three ways to respond to gender policing: (1) apologize and follow the gender rules, (2) make an excuse for why you’re breaking the rules (which allows you to break them, but still affirms the rules), or (3) do something that suggests that the rules are stupid or wrong.  Only the last one is effective in changing or eradicating norms delimiting how men and women are expected to behave.
In these examples, both Izzard and Depp made the choice to disregard the rules, even when being policed. It seems like a simple thing, but it’s very significant. It’s the best strategy for getting rid of these rules altogether.
Thanks to Dmitriy T.C. for the links!
Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College. You can follow her on Twitter andFacebook.

socimages:

How to change the world one shrug at a time.

This is, by far, the best response to inquiries about male cross-dressing that I have ever heard. If you don’t already love Eddie Izzard, you might now. His response in a nutshell? “I’m not wearing women’s dresses. I’m wearing my dresses. I bought them. They are mine and I’m a man. They are very clearly a man’s dresses.”

Johnny Depp does a similarly good job of refusing to take the bait in this clip from the Late Show with David Letterman. Letterman queries his rationale for wearing a women’s engagement ring. Depp just plays dumb and ultimately says that it didn’t fit his fiancée, but it did fit him. So… shrug.

The phenomenon of being questioned about one’s performance of gender is called “gender policing.” Generally there are three ways to respond to gender policing: (1) apologize and follow the gender rules, (2) make an excuse for why you’re breaking the rules (which allows you to break them, but still affirms the rules), or (3) do something that suggests that the rules are stupid or wrong.  Only the last one is effective in changing or eradicating norms delimiting how men and women are expected to behave.

In these examples, both Izzard and Depp made the choice to disregard the rules, even when being policed. It seems like a simple thing, but it’s very significant. It’s the best strategy for getting rid of these rules altogether.

Thanks to Dmitriy T.C. for the links!

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College. You can follow her on Twitter andFacebook.

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makoko floating school. nle architects. lagos, nigeria. images (c) nle architects & iwan baan via

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jedavu:

Photographer Translates His Nightmares Into Surreal, Haunting Photographs

by 19-year-old photographer Nicolas Bruno

I am in LOVE with these.

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manticoreimaginary:

Laetitia Casta, Cannes Film Festival (May 26, 2013)

WHAT A LOOK

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magnusatom:

The artists over at Pictoplasma academy are producing some pretty amazing stuff.

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archiemcphee:

For a series entitled Bottom Feeders, New York-based ceramic artist Mary O’Malley created a variety of wonderful porcelain teacups, saucers, teapots, and vases adorned with and inhabited by a variety of “porcelain crustaceans.” Mary’s pieces don’t appear to be made by hand. Instead  they look as though they spent ages on the ocean floor where they were overtaken and inhabited by all sorts of undersea creatures before being brought to the surface for display.

If you head over to Mary O’Malley Etsy shop you’ll find many original pieces from the Bottom Feeders series available for purchase. They’re perfect for your next underwater-themed high tea or a meeting of your local Lovecraftian cult book club.

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Joséphine Baker … and an Ostrich Carriage, c.1920.

dropboxofcuriosities:

Joséphine Baker … and an Ostrich Carriage, c.1920.

Acrobatic arts have many practical applications.

Acrobatic arts have many practical applications.

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laughingsquid:

Photographers Who Documented Gentrifying Landscape of New York City Revisit Same Locations Ten Years Later

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taylormccutchan:

Here’s a man who is extremely proud of his trailer that he built himself. Within an hour of the start of our trip, we ran into him and his wife at a look-out near Mt. Shasta. We loved the look of the outside of it so we asked if he could tell us about it and take a photo with it. He was so proud to open it all up and show us what he had made and how they live on the road. He couldn’t let us leave without showing us the photo of him and his wife he kept in it, and showing us it’s name, “Golden days dream” his wife had named it. If anybody knows this fella, I would love to get him prints of the photos we took that day. I would really appreciate it!Substance of the west, 2013
For more stories and photos like this, visit my full travel site at www.travelsandtales.22slides.com 

taylormccutchan:

Here’s a man who is extremely proud of his trailer that he built himself. Within an hour of the start of our trip, we ran into him and his wife at a look-out near Mt. Shasta. We loved the look of the outside of it so we asked if he could tell us about it and take a photo with it. He was so proud to open it all up and show us what he had made and how they live on the road. He couldn’t let us leave without showing us the photo of him and his wife he kept in it, and showing us it’s name, “Golden days dream” his wife had named it. 
If anybody knows this fella, I would love to get him prints of the photos we took that day. I would really appreciate it!

Substance of the west, 2013

For more stories and photos like this, visit my full travel site at www.travelsandtales.22slides.com 

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nationalcircus:

Shared Instagram photo: #bend #southbank #london #whereihandstand #circle #night #lights #circus #NationalCircus #circuseverydamnday #everydamnplace @craigdag #photos #awesome by michelleross__ http://ift.tt/1ijaOzj taken at the National Centre for Circus Arts

nationalcircus:

Shared Instagram photo: #bend #southbank #london #whereihandstand #circle #night #lights #circus #NationalCircus #circuseverydamnday #everydamnplace @craigdag #photos #awesome by michelleross__ http://ift.tt/1ijaOzj taken at the National Centre for Circus Arts

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