Gender Bending : Femininity And Masculinity

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Gender Bending Womanhood is often associated with femininity while manhood with masculinity. Masculinity is the idea that men are tough both physically and mentally. Femininity, a term associated with being a women and used to describe a women’s comportment and attitude. A gentle individual, male or female, who wear dresses, skirts, high heels, makeup, have long hair is considered feminine. Unfortunately this term is used to define womanhood, if a women does not portray feminine characteristics she is judged or criticised by the society. Also she is either viewed as homosexual or queer. I chose two pictures of Grace Jones,whom happens to be a bender gender, portrays elements of femininity and masculinity (opposite of femininity),thus, a possible victim of such persecutions. Grace Jones is a supermodel and singer from Jamaica, who’s renowned for crossdressing and artistic fashion styles (Williams). One picture is from national portrait gallery website titled, “Jones/Nightclubbing”, while the other, from “Essence” website, both will be used as my sources of comparison for this essay. These images of Jones demonstrate that women can be feminity or soft while obtaining masculine characteristics or hard through her outer appearance, physique and body expression. Although she’s a woman, Jones appears manly in one picture and womanly in the other. Jones, is wearing an Armani pitch-black jacket suit accompanied by a
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