If you want my superficiality to be the driving force behind my future album purchases, KPOP, you need to change up your game.
SKIRTS, SKIRTS, AND MORE SKIRTS. TOO MANY SKIRTS.
This is a Men-Wearing-Skirts Rant.
When I first entered the realm of KPOP, I had a vague understanding that the predominant feature of most males in the industry was their femininity. Their “prettiness.” Their 꽃미남 je ne sais quois. I was totally okay with that; being 14, most boys my age looked more like girls anyway.
My parents, however, questioned my peculiar taste in men.
Is that boy wearing makeup? Is that even male? Does that boy know how to boy?
DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW TO MOM, MOM?
I understand their confusion. With infamous gender benders such as Nu’est’s Ren and SHINee’s Taemin, any untrained eye would question their preconceived notions of gender. Even KPOP fans find themselves second-guessing the supposed sex of their beloved idols.
And with cross-dressing, fan service and guyliner, the men of KPOP are not doing much to further the case of their masculinity.
Google guyliner, for instance.
The first related search-term is, no surprise, KPOP, followed by a drugged-up Zac Efron and very angry Russell Brand.
Honestly I have no qualms about the lack of masculinity in KPOP. Besides the fact that I find fan service to be demeaning and unnecessary, I am surprisingly fine with the blurred gender lines.
I am not, however, fine with men wearing skirts.
NO. I CANNOT STRESS HOW NOT OKAY I AM WITH THIS NEW TREND.
Yes, I am all for gender equality. Yes, I completely support self expression. Artistic exploration, defining your individuality, freeing your balls, whatever. Wear a skirt then. However, you cannot force me to enjoy your foray into the artistic side of your soul where Madonna is your under-appreciated muse. I am a black-jeans-white-belt-v-neck sort of gal, and no outfit will ever turn me on more than that boy-next-door look.
Unfortunately, KPOP is the sort of place where attraction directly correlate with album sales. Your skirt, dear sir, is not attractive, and I no doubt that this will affect your album sales (given the superficiality upon which KPOP and its albums are often built).
I am not asking you to change your ways. The fashion world is asking you to change your ways. Don’t hate on the messenger.
Hate on the stylist.