‘The misapprehension about gender performativity is this: that gender is a choice, or that gender is a role, or that gender is a construction that one puts on, as one puts on clothes in the morning, that there is a ‘one’ who is prior to this gender, a one who goes to the wardrobe of gender and decides with deliberation which gender it will be today.’
The only way to present ourselves as we truly are is by being naked. The rest are just add-ons that we choose to express our own personality based on social and cultural parameters.
Hair, style, clothing, make up… all these elements are used by corporations as gender-based fashion apparel products. But hair has no gender. Clothes have no gender. Style has no gender.
The break-down of gender boundaries in fashion can be translated into a break- down of gender boundaries in our society. Gender norms can be oppressive, but gender itself is also a white canvas to express one’s freedom.
Genderless is a photo series by the photographer Jessica Polar
Text by Sol Fauquier