It’s clearly no longer just a man’s world and that is a fact humanity must humbly respect.
According to gender theorist Judith Butler (who devotes her time influencing political philosophy on gender matters,) most of the differences between how men and women act are actually because they’re raised to believe that they should perform a certain way. This makes both, the concepts of masculinity and femininity, to essentially be constructions built purely upon social conditions; a topic ITEM will respectfully, explore moving into the near future.
Here’s the truth of the matter: Men were the first to wear high heels around the 1600’s. Yeah. Take a minute to get your "LOL's" in. That’s right, women only began wearing them to appear more masculine.
If you take that example today, it might be a fact that’s quite hard to imagine. I can't even make it down the sidewalk without the bottom of my wood heels repetitively clicking the floor.
But masculinity today, is more than just about being a man. A person doesn’t even have to be built like a man or even be a man (I mean really...) to emit a sense of masculinity. The world’s perception of masculinity is merely a reality which has been built upon social circumstances for centuries!
Sure, on a physical level genders seem to be separated by the flesh— including men, woman and every gender and non gender conforming identities in-between the spectrum — but the idea of masculinity has always complemented the feminine and that is something the Second issue will explore more in depth!
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Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE. His primary goal as a Fashion Creative, is to document fashion history in the streetwear and art sector.
From the lens of an abstract visual content producer, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University; where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column for The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University – And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early – Bringing him to four design oriented degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art of the few, to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for just over a decade, from commercial retail visual management to corporate level ghost writing and consulting. Now, in this exact moment, T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent urban California lifestyle based fashion movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.