Kott, L. (2014, November 30). For These Millennials, Gender Norms Have Gone Out of Style. Retrieved November 1, 2015, from http://www.npr.org/2014/11/30/363445372/for-these-millenials-gender-norms-have-gone-out-of-style
What: This article is about people (specifically millennials) and their nonconformity when it comes to clothes. It talks about how they choose at times to wear clothes of the opposite sex and in doing so challenge the idea that men and women have to wear specific clothes; the article uses as an example a male that wears nail polish and a woman that refuses to, and a woman who has always wanted to wear a suit. It is also linking the refusal to conform to gender norms via fashion and the expression of their full sense of self.
Why: I chose this source (I’m not going to lie) primarily to lighten up these subjects a bit. I also chose this source not only because I can relate to it but because I’m sure other people can also. Another reason is because the focus is more on rebellion (in a way that doesn’t hurt people) as opposed to conformity which there is enough about/on. Let’s just say the subject is a lot more fun and I’m sort of a pro when it comes to rebellion! 😉 When reading “Social Influence: Social Norms, Conformity and Compliance” and about Asch’s Conformity Experiment I was a little taken aback. First of all I think I was just as shocked as Asch when it came to his experiment but when I read the article by Cialdini and Trost that experiment and various life experiences made a lot more sense. Another reason why I was taken aback was because although rebellion is seen as the opposite of conformity I think they do have various commonalities. “People shave their heads and pierce their eyebrows not to fit in with the “dominant” culture but certainly to be more accepted by their peer group”(Cialdini 166). I think people look at rebels and think that they are going against the grain but they really are still conforming to a group, it’s just a different and usually smaller one.
How: As I was reading this source I found myself smiling a lot and nodding my head in agreement various times and even thinking about how nice it would be to have a suit also. I was not shocked or confused while reading this article. I was more than anything excited that were people that felt the same way I did. Some questions I had after reading the article were; When is a person going too far when wearing clothes of the opposite sex? What are situations in which doing so can be inappropriate? And of course how do other people take to it? Do they think that it should be something looked at as normal or abnormal?