Recently, I went walking around the neighborhood with my dog and I came across a young man, approximately in his teens, dressed in skinny jeans, knee high boots, and a Louis Vuitton knock-off purse. While he stood at the bus stop, bobbing his head and mumbling the words to Rick Ross’ “B.M.F,” a somewhat random thought came across my mind: the mere fact that this gender-bending young man could even dare walk out the house – let alone in this mostly working class neighborhood – without fear or threat of violence, says a lot about the newer generation’s views on sexuality and hip-hop.
Of course, a lot of us “old heads” might not quite understand the correlation between the two, or for that matter, the young man’s womanly fashion sense in general. To be honest, I didn’t understand the latter myself. What is most obvious is that many in this newer generation of hip-hop heads are ditching the traditional social and cultural constructs governing identity and defining their femininity, masculinity and sexuality on their own terms. Gone are the days of baggy oversized jeans and timberland boots, in comes the days of metro-sexualism and androgyny. It’s hard to say for sure what this all means for the hip-hop culture in particular, but one thing is for sure, only time will tell what outcomes this new wave of indefinable sexuality will have on society overall.
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