Fashion, expression should be gender neutral

Andrew Paisley, Opinions Editor

I’ve always believed that fashion should be gender neutral.

Most people would disagree, but I think that if a guy chooses to wear high heels, that is his decision and it should not be criticized.

This weekend I went with my suite mates to get a manicure and pedicure, and they talked me into getting nail polish.

I had no intention of doing it, but I thought it would not hurt. I liked the colors I picked out, and if I want to have it done that is my business.

Normally people would think this means that I’m some sort of a transgender. Let me make it clear that is not the case.

I identify as a man, always have identified that way and always will. Just because I wear makeup occasionally and got my nails done does not change that.

We are in new times and we should not stereotype what people wear.

We should be respectful of how people choose to dress and look and realize that it is their choice.

I do not feel ashamed or embarrassed at all to say that I am the way I am and I choose to look the way I look.

I would hope that people can be mature and respectful enough to accept how everyone looks and maybe we can all be a bit kinder than we have been.

Live your life, and do not hold back because of people’s negativity and judgement.

I want everyone to be happy and feel accepted, and I hope that everyone will be.

If you want to wear mascara to make your eyelashes bigger, guys, go for it.

Gals, if you feel like having a leather wallet and wearing men’s boots, do it.

Do not hesitate to live your life because of that one person who does not want you to be happy.

Love yourself enough to be happy with who you are.

Andrew Paisley is a senior journalism major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].