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Anna Wintour Proves She's Way Ahead Of The Fashion Pack With A Gender Neutral Theme For The Met

Leading by example.

When I think of Anna Wintour I think of many things.

There’s Vogue.

There’s the iconic bob, of course. And the fact that she always wears sunglasses (to cover her eyes as she silently judges you, no doubt).

I also think about how she looks better at 69 years old than I ever have in my few 20-something years.

All hail Queen Anna.

Basically, Anna = Vogue, hair, fashion, amazing.

Words like ‘politics’, ‘sexuality’ and ‘pioneer’ don’t instantly come to mind. But that’s my fault, not Anna’s. I’ve stupidly confined her to the fashion world when she has been making big moves in the broader world for years.

Just earlier this year she spoke out against Scott Morrison’s stance on LGBTG rights, calling them “backwards in all senses.”

Meryl is all of us.

And Anna’s latest decision is further testimony to hero she is:

She put Keiynan Londsdale, a queer male (and Aussie), and Ezra Miller, who identifies as gender non-binary queer, in a Vogue feature about the Met Gala.

For context, the theme of the 2019 Met Gala is ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’. Not as in sleeping bag and tents, but camp as in exaggerated fashion. The theme and exhibition is inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay that defines camp as “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.”

I’m sorry, I need a moment.

Just, look:

All of the things are happening but it’s hardly a hot mess. It’s a hot YES (okay, lame, but you get me).

Anna has given a massive middle finger to the fashion industry and to Hollywood by challenging their expectations and totally smashing gender norms.

And the best part about it is she hasn’t said a word or tried to explain herself. She’s printed the feature as though it’s totally normal because it IS totally normal. Anna is challenging people to change how they view sexuality and gender rather than changing to suit the people.

It’s a total power play.

Miranda Priestly eat your heart out.

This isn’t the first year Anna has challenged social norms with the Met Gala. For the past few years she’s chosen themes which have inspired guests to think outside the box and stirred a little bit of ~controversy~.

I mean, last years theme was ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’. You can feel every world religious leader prickle just at the thought. Let alone when Rihanna turned up like this and no one bat an eyelid:

Anna is in charge of the Met theme every year and I finally understand why. Not only is she a fashion genius, but she’s a force to be reckoned with. She’s leading the charge and I for one am happy to follow.

Even Netflix Thinks You're Toxic For Labelling Good Films 'Chick Flicks’

Movies are not gender specific.

This may come as a shock to some, but we live in a pretty progressive world.

And I’m not just talking about the eating breakfast for dinner kind of progressive (although that is the kind of positivity I need in my life). I’m talking about the grittier stuff: same-sex marriage, gender fluidity, women getting treated as equals (shocker).

All of these things are commonplace in today’s world and, rightfully so. Love is love and all that jazz. I’m here for it all.

But society’s way of thinking is still so gendered. It’s also still very normal which is why we often don’t think twice about it and we definitely don’t notice it.

Think of the phrase ‘chick flick’, for example. What does that even mean????

Movies aren’t made exclusively for women so why the hell do we treat them like they are?

And deny it is you might, there is a certain embarrassment attached to watching a chick flick if you’re not:

a) Female

b) Homosexual

c) Going through a break up

d) All of the above.

Never in my life have I heard a dude openly admit he likes The Notebook. And that’s a damn good movie.

Well, Netflix is here to tell you that kind of thinking is total B.S.

Pretty straight forward. No chickens = don’t do it.

If there are no chickens, it’s not a chick flick.

If that isn’t a good enough reason for you, then hold onto your ego ‘cause Netflix went hard on the explanation.

Firstly, everyone loves love. And comedy.

Secondly, women shouldn’t get ‘special’ treatment. We want equal film viewing opportunity, thank you very much.

Then there’s just the fact that using the term ‘chick flick’ is tacky and straight-up insulting to anyone involved in the film’s production.

Watching something you ENJOY is not a joke.

Basically, gender norms suck.

Making assumptions about another human being based off of their movie watching habits just means you’re small-minded, if you ask me. A human is so much more than the media they consume, just like a movie is so much more than its title and plot.

Stop saying you’re “too cool” to watch a romance movie.

Stop saying you “don’t like” movies with female leads because your masculinity secretly feels threatened.

Stop thinking and just bloody enjoy the movie. That’s what they’re there for after all- to be enjoyed.

Oh, and stop adding labels to things. It’s toxic and, honestly, just plain boring.

Don’t limit the movies you watch.

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