"Be a man." Trying to provoke a discussion about what is expected of people of certain genders and why that might be unhealthy

Society puts an enormous amount of pressure on people to act a certain way, to dress a certain way, and to like certain things. Usually these pressures stem from the expectations society has from men and women, and these differ between each gender. It is generally unhealthy to be forced to change parts or yourself, or feel like you can't express yourself the way you want to because society wants you to do so. And, in certain circumstances, It can be unhealthy to the people surrounding you as well.

"Society has created this idea that we have to express our gender in our clothing and overall physical appearance. However, gender is a spectrum, and where you land on that spectrum is not related to the clothes you wear or if they are traditionally feminine or masculine" - Eliza D'anieri
"Anything society attributes a particular gender to can be considered a gender norm. Things as simple as the colors boys and girls typically wear are gender norms; people usually consider pink to be a girl's color, while blue is for boys. Gender norms in the past have been deciding factors in the type of work someone can do. For example, in the early 1900s in the U.S., most women didn't work and were expected to take care of the family from the home." - Our Everyday Life

With this photography project, I intend to continue the discussion of gender norms, and why society even attributes anything to specific genders in the first place. There is nothing inherently "male" or "female" about any of the materialistic objects in our everyday life, like clothes, make-up, jewelry. You can wear and do whatever you want without it having an impact on or changing your gender identity.

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