I thought this was worth mentioning, even if it sounds like I am tooting my own horn.
Today, the #1 online user based website, known for making the word “hype” a thing in pop culture, placed someone who is openly gender variant on their leader boards. Why is this important? Because the website is completely divided. From the moment you join, you are asked to specify your gender with only TWO options. You are forced to select either “boy” or “girl.” On top of that, even their leader boards and search inquires are segregated by gender! There is a separate board for the two binary genders, male/female! Considering this is the #1 fashion and street style website on the internet, …. what the hell?
My solution? Join the website and specify my gender as “boy.” Next, consistently post kick ass photos of myself in clothing commonly worn by “girls” …. and see what happens? Well, apparently… lookbooks users are a lot more accepting and appreciative of individual style than the moderators recognize, because here is Elliott Alexzander, a gender variant fashion blogger, in the midst of all the other popular fashionista’s! I think that is pretty cool! It also means that mods are being forced to notice that though I have identified my gender as “boy” I obviously do not have traditional “boy” style, whatever that means! Maybe this will get LookBooks moderators thinking. Just maybe, the website will decided to take action!
Another reason why this is important? If gender equality was expressed more frequently, maybe it would be more accepted in society. Where is a good place to start? My guess is the Internets #1 street style and fashion hub, lookbook.nu.
I also think it is a testament to the fact that major websites such as LookBook need to get up to speed on gender inequality. There is a whole community out there of individuals such as myself who like to cultivate beauty in a non traditional sense, and I feel it should be the responsibility of the website to address these issues!
Facebook is the most used social platform over ANYTHING ELSE on the internet. Why? Because it is for EVERYBODY, and they make sure of this by constantly staying informed and being aware of its users. Last year facebook realized that not everyone in the world identified or agreed with today’s social constructs surrounding gender identity. What did facebook do? They changed, and found a way to accommodate the gender variant community! Others need to make this same change!