Anonymous asked: As a heterosexual woman who loves menswear and feels utterly gorgeous in a suit and bowtie, is it okay for me to be taking inspiration from your blog? I only ask because I was raised in a kind of homophobic environment and I've only recently gotten to a place where I can ask questions and try to learn and be accepting without feeling guilty, and I really don't want to be disrespectful of queer culture in any way. But. The outfits. I LOVE THEM.
Thanks for reading Qwear! And no, I don’t believe that you are appropriating queer culture by taking inspiration from this blog. I actually put “women with gender noncomforming styles” as part of the description to include straight folks. (Gender deviance is not just for queers!) As far as I’m concerned, if you like this blog, then you should read it and take as much inspiration as you please!
BUT it’s great to raise these questions and continue to talk about privilege and oppression. There are many ways in which taking inspiration from cultures other than your own (particularly oppressed ones) can be appropriating. And for this, we need to educate ourselves, discuss, and keep asking questions! I found this post by thesadnessofpencils about appropriation really helpful.