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Conservatives Are Self-Combusting Because Harry Styles Wore A Dress

"If Harry Styles wearing a dress threatens your manhood, you were never really a man to begin with."

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While conservatives in Australia bitch and moan about some racist little lollies getting a much-needed name change, American right-wing nuts are up in arms about Harry Styles wearing a dress.

Over the weekend, Vogue shared images from their December issue with their first male cover star, where Harry Styles graced the cover in a dress. During the interview, Styles spoke at length about how he has an interest in, and finds joy in, clothes for both men and women, and doesn’t care much for these barriers.

“I’ll go in shops sometimes, and I just find myself looking at the women’s clothes thinking they’re amazing,” he said in the interview. “There’s so much joy to be had in playing with clothes. I’ve never really thought too much about what it means — it just becomes this extended part of creating something.”

“Now I’ll put on something that feels really flamboyant, and I don’t feel crazy wearing it,” Styles continued.. “Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with. What’s really exciting is that all of these lines are just kind of crumbling away.”

 

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In response, feeling attacked by something that had absolutely nothing to do with her, which seems like a favourite pastime of conservatives, right-wing poster child Candace Owens decided to weigh in on the matter to complain about the “feminisation of our men”.

“There is no society that can survive without strong men. The East knows this,” Owens incorrectly tweeted. “In the west, the steady feminisation of our men at the same time that Marxism is being taught to our children is not a coincidence. It’s an outright attack.”

“Bring back manly men,” she continued to sook.

Equally as annoying, the infamously shit, WAP-hating, right-wing trollBen Shapiro also felt the need to add his two cents in, too.

Joining in on all the unnecessary noise about the singer, Shapiro called Harry Styles wearing a dress during a photoshoot to be a “referendum on masculinity”, and called anyone who didn’t see that a “full-on idiot”.

Similarly, under Vogue’s original tweet, other conservatives tweeted their concern about Styles “humiliating” himself with the “insulting” and “absolutely insane and demonic” idea of *checks notes* wearing a literal piece of clothing. A piece of clothing, that men have historically worn through a number of cultures.

Men Wearing Dresses Is Actually Very Common

Beyond these conservative critiques being just so incredibly stupid, the complaints are rooted in toxic masculinity and the rejection of freedom of expression. But worst of all, they’re just incorrect, specifically Candace Owens ignorant claims that the East, and men of the past, had “manly men”, who never wore dresses.

Men wearing dresses is an important part of many cultures. In Lapland, both Sámi men and women wear kolts, and in Bhutan it’s mandatory that everyone wears the national dress — a knee-length gown called a gho or kira.

In Scotland, the kilt is an important part of Scottish tradition and culture. Even religiously, cassock gowns are commonly worn by clergymen of Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.

Plus, even in a Western society on a pop culture level, the critique of Harry Styles ignores that icons like Prince, David Bowie and Freddie Mercury also all wore dresses during their careers.

Then if we want to focus on political leaders, we just need to look at The Portrait of Henry VIII by Hans Holbein the Younger, which literally depicts King Henry VIII in a dress and the photo of a young President Franklin D. Roosevelt that shows a two-year-old FDR in a dress in 1884.

But for arguments sakes, say men wearing dresses wasn’t historically accurate, Owens is still a hypocrite. If Harry Styles wearing a dress is upsetting because it “feminises men” and challenges typical gender roles, why is it that she, as a woman, can wear a suit without issue? Are suits not something that is also “traditionally” a male piece of clothing?

None of it really makes much sense, but Candace Owens simply doesn’t care.

Even after the right-wing author was called out for her incorrect and just generally bad take, she tweeted that she meant what she said with “bring back manly men”.

“Terms like ‘toxic masculinity’ were created by toxic females,” Owens continued. “Real women don’t do fake feminism. Sorry I’m not sorry.”

The World Is Still Rallying Behind Harry Styles

Even with Candace Owens equally terrible follow-up tweet, Harry Styles fans and fellow celebrities quickly rallied behind the singer and came to the artists defence.

In response to Candace Owens’ original tweet, Olivia Wilde simply called the right-wing pundit “pathetic”, while Lord of the Rings’ Elijah Wood questioned Candace Owens’ understanding of what masculinity means.

“I think you’ve missed the definition of what a man is. Masculinity alone does not make a man,” Woods tweeted. “In fact, it’s got nothing to do with it.”

Also joining in to defend the singer, Jameela Jamil noted that Harry Styles is “plenty manly because manly is whatever you want it to be, not what some insecure, toxic, woman-hating, homophobic dickheads decided it was hundreds of years ago”.

Similarly, Scrubs actor, Zach Braff, tweeted an image of Styles in his dress alongside the caption: “Our whole lives boys and men are told we need to be manly. Life is short. Be whatever the fuck you want to be”.

The Harry Styles stans, meanwhile, focused their attention on doing what stans do best: Absolutely dunking on Shapiro, Owens, and their misguided idea that they can dictate what someone can and cannot wear.

God bless the stans.