Jessi T. sent in a link to a photo project at AfterEllen featuring fashion industry women dressed up and posed as men. The project nicely illustrates how masculinity is something that can be performed by either men or women. While these women wouldn’t necessarily pass as men, they nonetheless reveal masculine props and poses as less-than-inherent in the male sex.
Check also for performances of class, race, and the urban/rural divide.Lisa Wade, PhD is a professor at Occidental College. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture, and a textbook about gender. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.