Thursday, May 6, 2010

Redefining Masculinity

by Katherine Wang

Photo by Hedi Slimane for Vogue Hommes Japan

Throughout time men have been known as the warriors of society. From historical rulers and leaders to modern day CEOs and father figures, males have been conditioned by society to be tough, aggressive, and dominating. These traits, among others that come to mind when imagining your cliché, mythical superhero are what defines masculinity. There are variations of how to portray masculinity among different cultures that would easily cause the Western male to question his sexuality. Western society had strictly defined the line between male and female identity through the tailored suit to rugged jeans. However, until recently, the fine line that so clearly separated the genders had become progressively obscure through daring gender-identity exploration and new forms of presentation that really pushed the envelope of masculinity.

Photo by Karl Lagerfeld tribute to Helmut Newton featuring model Baptiste Giabiconi

Jean Paul Gauthier SS 2008, Silver metallic skirt draped in Egyptian style

Image credit: The Sartorialist

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