“Do I Sound Gay” is a 2014 documentary produced by David Thorpe, a journalist and film director. Thorpe documents his journey and efforts in changing the way he speaks, attributing a lot of his dissatisfaction in life to be due to the fact that he sounds gay. Within a couple of minutes into the documentary, Thorpe quickly establishes that sounding gay is a problem which needs to be dealt with in his life. He had recently broken up with his boyfriend, and somehow also blames the breakup on his sounding gay.
As the title explains, the source article and this commentary of said article is about the relatively recent rise of “androgynous fashion” in Japan. It is also deemed as a “genderless” fashion style since “androgynous fashion” cannot be immediately associated with any one gender (in the binary system), unlike the internalised stereotype we are brought up with that boys wear blue and girls wear pink. Before adding my own input on this (I would say) relatively well-written article, let me start by summarizing some of the main points.
5 years ago, famous YouTuber nigahiga released a song all about this wonderful phenomenon, bromance. A blended term based off of the social understanding of romance – usually used to describe affection between heterosexual couples – and brother – in recent years, brother is no longer only used to refer to siblings, but also used as a term of address between especially close friends (usually male). Wikipedia defines it as a close, but platonic friendship between 2 guys.