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Why do most people consider clothing/decorating careers to be feminine?

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I’ve often noticed that when a man is in a career field like fashion or design he’s automatically labeled as gay. But everyone wears clothing, most people want to look good, and there’s nothing solely feminine about art and creativity.

I would not find it weird at all for a straight man to design clothes, or care about how he looked. Not in an obsessive, narcissist way of course but most people feel better if they’re dressed well (as in clothes that fit and are appropriate for what you are doing–not necessarily formal clothes) and well-groomed, male or female.

Thoughts on the matter? I was watching a TV fashion-design show and there was a man on it. The person watching it with me immediately decided he was gay. It just made me think, so I thought I’d throw it out here.

February 8, 2015 at 11:28


Because women are supposed to look good for men, and not the other way around. They’re worth more that way.

I think it goes both ways: Why are engineering or other typically “hard” jobs (or any jobs featured on Dirty Jobs) considered masculine?

It’s a sad, sexist world we live in.

February 8, 2015 at 13:07


I think it’s more to do with the fact that there just aren’t many straight men interested in the fashion industry. It’s not that straight guys don’t care about looking nice, and it’s not that fashion and art is feminine, it’s just that a lot of guys have picked up on this stigma. If we didn’t have these labels maybe more straight men would want to go into the fashion industry, I don’t know.

As for the “hard” jobs, I can understand why they are considered masculine. Typically “hard” jobs would be considered to have intense physical labor. While there are most definitely woman who can handle and do well at tough jobs like these, think of who is more likely to be hired? It sucks for woman who want to work jobs like that I guess, but then again, I don’t know any women who do…

February 8, 2015 at 14:34
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