Louis Vuitton has announced that Jaden Smith, Will Smith’s son, will be the new model for its womenswear section — and, apparently, that’s somehow oppressive to trans people.
First of all, I thought progressives believed that gender was a spectrum and you could be transfeminine without actually considering yourself a woman. How “feminine” do you have to consider yourself to be in order to be allowed to wear women’s clothing?
Glover continues that although “women have been wearing trousers for decades,” they’re “usually a femme version of the male equivalent.”
So, let me get this straight — I’m allowed to wear jeans and not be transphobic as long as they are traditionally “feminine” jeans. And that’s somehow progressive, despite the fact that I thought labeling certain things as “feminine” was supposed to be something only archaic, oppressive conservatives were still doing.But apparently I’m totally wrong, and the fact that I’m so wrong is a very big deal. After all, Glover insists that cis men wearing traditionally “feminine” clothes is not just kind of offensive, but actually “could be a serious problem” — yes, serious problem — for trans people, and that they must be concerned about the potential consequences.
“Trans people should be aware that well-known faces like Jaden Smith are starting to encroach on our territory,” she writes. “They’re starting to wear the trans uniform without actually stating that they are transgender, and they’re claiming it for themselves under the guise of gender-neutral fashion.”
Ugh. Damn that Louis Vuitton and its “guise” of inclusivity that is really nothing more than an anti-trans conspiracy! What on Earth is this world coming to?
— Katherine Timpf is a reporter for National Review Online.