Refashioning Masculinity unleashes the power of fashion to re-imagine men’s gender identities and foster their diversity. By challenging stereotypes about men and masculinity, we investigate how men construct their identities through appearance and how fashion can be a vital tool to advance social change. This feminist-driven project creates a new approach to understand and transform how men see themselves, interact with each other, and engage with women.

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Whether you hear it in movies and music or from parents and peers, men are told “man up,” “don’t cry” and reject everything labeled feminine by our culture.

Refashioning Masculinity explores the thoughts and feelings of men as they engage with fashion and make clothing choices everyday – from experiencing body anxieties to developing confidence to wear skirts. By sharing the stories of our participants, our projects aims to inspire the public to connect to their own struggles of feeling oppressed by gender norms. We also hope to empower the public to challenge and expand gender norms through fashion by encouraging them to ask: what types of clothes do I avoid wearing, how can I support diverse expressions of gender on social media, and what outfits can I wear in everyday life to challenge masculine norms?

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