Kanye West is gearing up to lead his G.O.O.D. Music label on their first compilation experience. The album is apparently titled “Cruel Summer,” and will have a film premiere inspired by the album. The film will debut May 23rd in Cannes. It will be available for public view following the festival for 48 hours.
let’s hope it’s better than Runaway.
Kanye West wears a skirt and the whole world freaks the fuck out.
And then, when I call it a skirt, everyone rushes to their hyper-reasoning:
“Technically, it’s a kilt.”
But people are reacting to it like it’s a skirt and displaying their gender policing tendencies.
I feel like the need to say “It’s a kilt,” whether it’s a kilt or not, kind of lends to that mentality because underneath that statement is “Men wear kilts and so if he’s wearing a kilt, and not a skirt, then there’s no problem.”
If he was wearing a skirt, it’s no problem either.
Then you hear, “Kanye is just doing this for shock value.”
If Kanye wearing a skirt or a kilt is “shocking,” that’s an indictment of our society more than it is of Kanye.
Then they say, “Well, kilt or skirt, it’s irrelevant.”
If only the word used to describe it WAS irrelevant. But it’s not. If it was, there would just be one word to describe that piece of clothing and there would be no need to gender it.
We need to call it a kilt when men wear it because we think skirts are for women and that men shouldn’t ever wear anything that is for women. It doesn’t MATTER that they are essentially the EXACT same pieces of clothing. If we call it a skirt when a man wears it, then we think we’re feminizing him and degrading him—because, to paraphrase Madonna (of all people), we think being a woman is degrading.
So yeah. I’m challenging that notion that we think the name doesn’t matter. Yes we do. Otherwise, we’d all be okay with calling what he’s wearing a skirt and the word kilt would have been left out of the conversation. But we apparently need the word kilt to convince us that Kanye is still a man.
This whole notion of “masculinity” is problematic. The idea that it has to be so constantly “proved” and policed by an endless series of rituals and behaviors and displays and mindsets and actions and punishments is so manic that it strikes me as being a neurosis.
Kanye, wear what the fuck you want.