Thought Experiments on Gender/Tradition
This is probably one of the most prevalent themes in this issue. I don’t know if they’re planning on keeping it as a staple of the magazine, but I found it interesting and I’m curious about how else they’re going to try to explore gender identity beyond the inverse roles that they very skillfully pulled off this time around. The cover girl, bonafide social media darling and fashion maven blogger Ascia, set a precedent here. Her cover picture, and really her entire photo shoot, is as polarizing as all get-out and I’d venture to say that it was meant to be that way. You’re supposed to either really love it or really hate it–in either case the end goal is to derive a very strong, palpable reaction out of you. It’s supposed to make you think, ‘can a real woman look like this?,’ ‘can a man possibly look like this as well?,’ ‘where is the line between ‘femininity’ and ‘masculinity’ here?,’ and ‘what boundaries are being broken/adhered to?’ I personally loved this push-and-pull that Ascia and the other features like ‘Unisex’d Revolutionaries’ and ‘Boy Wonder’ created and I think that, if anything, it only allows people more avenues to ask questions about who they and others are/can be, why certain traditions exist, and how we can all diversely co-exist with one another.