Kya Chanlevitz
Jul 23, 2017

Romphims, man-purses, and the paradox of them

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I'm glad more and more men are feeling comfortable enough to start taking on traditionally female clothes/accessories like purses or rompers. But by dubbing them "romphims" or "man-purses" when a man wears them, only reinforces the association with women these objects have in the first place. By creating a male counterpart for the name, there is once again an emphasis on the dividing line of gender roles created by societal expectations. Just call them a romper and purse.

Maddie Danzberger
Sep 3, 2017

Thank you for saying this!! I totally agree!! Taking items commonly associated with women and re-naming/re-marketing them for men only reinforces gender stereotypes and perpetuates the gender divide.

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