Unisex is a term thrown around so freely In the 21st century, but it holds cultural significance dating back decades.
The definition states that it is suitable for “both genders” but how about the grey grounds in between?
Gender neutrality or non binary, however you chose to word it, is the state of being in which you do not adhere to, or feel restricted to any one chosen gender, but rather, adopt a fluid approach to gender, gender fluidity - if you will.
There are very few guidelines when discussing gender fluidity, nor is there a starting ground, some have called it a mental health issue, particularly in the past, however as society adopts a progressive, understanding and altogether more open outlook, it has become widely hailed as something more than a cultural phenomenon but a genuine state of being.
Not to be confused with transgender, CIS, or any of the other gender ‘norms’ the ability to flow between one and other(s) is remarkably difficult to explain, but simple to comprehend, its a feeling; one that at first must be terrifying, but with self acceptance comes a wonderful sense of freedom and liberation.
Concept Store Y have long been championing this ideology of gender neutrality, doing away with the standard ‘mens only’ ‘womans only’ labels. When we held our brewer st stand alone store, we didn’t have sections, or labels, we quite simply explained it was for everyone to wear, unisex, neutral, easy to wear, for anyone & everyone.
With LGBTQ pride only just departing us, it is important to uphold the acceptance that pride month teaches, gender neutrality is not a ‘phase’ much like bisexuality, it is a genuine, recognised state of mind, state of body, state of being.
I remember some years ago, my best friend of over a decade, came out to me as trans, which, at the time I struggled with. Looking back I admit that I wasn’t as open minded as I could’ve been, and I still feel prangs of guilt for this. Of course now, after I have digested the situation and fully embraced him for who he really is, and genuinely championed him for being so true to his self, I can see that it just cannot be a phase, or a fad, but rather a yearning to be true.
I identify purely as CIS gay man, I’ve never really known any other way, but, for the many that do not identify, to any one gender, it must be an impossibly tricky path to self navigate. How does one 'come out’ when at the time, you’re not entirely sure what you’re actually coming out as? If you feel neither male, nor female, is there even a need? Id say theres definitely a need, if not purely to support others like yourself, who may need this, more than anything.
The UK, for the most part, is a remarkably welcoming place for LGBTQ issues, but it really isn’t a sentiment echoed worldwide, there are many creative outlets for gender non conformists here, and we should be proud of that, but the world is an altogether different place, geographically divided by laws and issues that could cause serious harm to a young gender non specific person.
And its these artists, in these creative outlets, that really do inspire such amazing art, be it fashion, sculpture, painting, photography or a mixture of the whole lot together, this ability to flow between one and other, or all and one at the same time, makes such a mixed bag of creative juices that the cup overflows!
We love this attitude at CSY, as mentioned we’ve long championed it, and we hope to see it continue and flourish, acceptance is key to knowledge, personal growth and success, without those cornerstones, we cant ever hope to get better people ourselves, however we so choose to identify.