So there has been quite a bit of media hype recently over the controversial use of traditionally feminine influenced items in men's fashion. Things such as skinny jeans, cardigans, jewellery and feminine colours (e.g. pink and purple) have been deemed acceptable in men's fashion and have been included under the headings of metrosexual or indie. But other developments in men's fashion haven't quite received the same approval. Such items include men's skirts, tights (mantyhose), corsets, long tees (labelled as dresses by some), eye-liner (guy-liner) and other make-up, and fake eye-lashes.
As I have previously stated in my "Breaking Down Stereotypes" blog on YouTube, I believe these developments in men's fashion are fantastic. They force people to question what it means to be masculine, and also points out that gender roles, gender identity and sexual identity can and often are mutually exclusive. A heterosexual male can wear feminine influenced clothing, and that does not make him any less masculine. A HOMOSEXUAL male can wear feminine influenced clothing, and that does not make him any less masculine, or any less of a "man".
Once these stereotypes, linking particular gender roles with particular gender identities and particular sexual identities, are broken down, then one's sexuality will cease to matter (other than for dating) and there will be much less intolerance in the world.
So I'll get off my soapbox now and get back to studying...
I don't know if anyone reads this blog yet, so it's a little weird thinking that I may be talking to nobody... It actually feels like when I first started video blogging on YouTube, and realising that very few people were actually watching. So if anyone is reading this, please leave me comments saying what sort of things you would like to see here, I'll be posting topical things and my comments on them, and my everyday happenings, and random thoughts, and recommended videos and channels on YouTube, and extra stuff not included in my posted videos... but let me know if there is anything in particular you think I might be able to comment on, or anything you would like to know about me... I feel I'm rambling, so will leave it at that.
Have to do an assignment now... Wish me luck.
In my family I have Mum and Dad and three sisters, two of which are older, one younger, and everyone in my immediate family still lives in Canberra.
I only really keep in touch with a small handful of people in Canberra, really just my closest friends from school, most of my friends now aren't from Canberra.
I recently changed to using iMovie on my MacBook to film my blogs, and I truly don’t know how I survived using a camera and windows movie maker before that.
I often follow the crowd.
I’m a bit of a kid most of the time
Walking along a footpath I can only step on cracks with my left foot, and can only step on straight joins with my right foot.
Some would say that I can be a bit naive at times, but I like to say that I'm idealistic
This year, after staunch opposition from friends, relatives, workmates, randoms on the street, randoms on Facebook, and especially my boyfriend, I have decided that I will accept sponsorship to NOT grow a mo for Movember. So if you would like to see me avoid this horrendous patch of facial hair growth on my face, then the details to sponsor me are below. Also below are links and details of what Movember is all about.
During Movember (the month formerly known as November) I'm (avoiding) growing a Mo. That's right I'm (avoiding) bringing the Mo back because I'm passionate about tackling men's health issues and being proactive in the fight against men's depression and prostate cancer.
To donate to my Mo (avoiding) you can either:
- Click this link https://www.movember.com/au/
donate/donate-details.php?and donate online using your credit card or PayPal account, or action=sponsorlink®o= 1493391&country=au
- Write a cheque payable to ‘Movember Foundation', referencing my Registration Number 1493391 and mailing it to:
PO Box 292
Prahran VIC 3181
Remember, all donations over AU$2 are tax deductible.
The money raised by Movember is used to raise awareness of men's health issues and donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue - the national depression initiative. The PCFA and beyondblue will use the funds to fund research and increase support networks for those men who suffer from prostate cancer and depression.
Did you know:
- Depression affects 1 in 6 men in Australia....most don't seek help. Untreated depression is a leading risk factor for suicide.
- Last year in Australia 18,700 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 2,900 died of prostate cancer - equivalent to the number of women who will die from breast cancer annually.
Thanks for your support
More information is available at http://www.movember.com/.
Movember is proudly grown by Holden and Schick.
Movember is proud partners with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue - the national depression initiative.
Use your vote wisely America
So what better way to introduce myself than to post my 'About Me' video from my robmuch YouTube channel.
Hope you enjoy, and I welcome suggestions for the sorts of things you would like to see on this written blog as opposed to the video blog.
Hi, my name's Rob, I'm 21 years old, and I've been making YouTube videos for about 3 months now.
I'm Australian, and I grew up in Canberra, which is a fairly small city and it also happens to be the capital of Australia.
I now live in Sydney and I go to University or Uni as we call it here. I'm in my third year of a Civil Engineering Degree, and I want to be a structural engineer. So one day I'll be designing bridges and buildings and tunnels and stuff like that.
At the moment I'm working part time supervising a call centre, and we ring people up to do surveys, so it's kind of evil work, but it's really well paid, so it helps through uni.
So that was the boring stuff about me, now I'm going to tell you some random facts about Rob.
I collect postcards, and so far I have about 3 shoe-boxes full of them.
I don't watch tv.
I'm a perfectionist.
When going up and down a staircase I like to start with my left foot.
My nicknames in the past have included Bob, Bobert, Roberta, Bert, Robbie, Bobbie J, R, Robyn and Regina.
I procrastinate a lot.
I try to be socially aware.
My first car was a hand-me-down 1980 orange Toyota Corolla (it went corolling along, ha!)
I named my MacBook 'Charlie Mac'.
I tend to spend a lot of time on the internet, so I've got a Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and Stickam. I also frequently go to samesame.com.au, sydney morning herald (smh.com.au) and apple movie trailers.
I'm a bit of a control freak.
When I'm home alone I listen to music and dance around my apartment.
I don't play a musical instrument, but some day I would love to learn to play the piano.
I love chips (crisps), chocolate and icecream.
I've never broken a bone.
I have 8478 song on my iTunes, so I have a very eclectic taste in music. I like indie, electro, pop, alternative, house, rock, soft rock, chillout, brit pop rock and french electro.
I used to work in a cinema and would eat popcorn when no one was looking.
I like the volume on my stereo to be a multiple of 5.
I played tennis for 10 years when I was in school.
My bedroom fluctuates between being really clean and really messy, and at the moment it's really messy.
I was a prefect in high school.
And one last thing, I'm gay.