TikTok wants you to stop dressing for the masculine look


Why is everyone talking about the male gaze on our FYPs? This week on TikTok we have a variety of trends that cover topics such as Personal Style, Indie Music, and The Rock. So let’s dive in, starting with the one that sparked an important discourse around the male gaze and modern fashion trends.

POV you stopped dressing for the male gaze

Lately, the phrase “pov, you’ve stopped dressing for the male look” has been all over my For You page, and it’s sparked a much needed conversation on the app.

This trend is mostly a way for young people to celebrate their personal style radiance while dismantling the masculine gaze. It’s nice to see someone gain confidence and develop their sense of style, even when it’s a super sad mix of Taylor Swift’s most heartbreaking songs, “All Too Well” and “Champagne Problems. “.

But some argue that the trend is actually a way of shaming others for the way they dress. Because adhering to style trends doesn’t always mean you dress for yourself and out of the sight of men. And personal style is just that: personal. If you stop dressing for the masculine look, it means you can wear whatever you want and, most importantly, whatever makes you feel good.

For example, a video posted by @megacoraoconnel reads: “POV: You have stopped dressing in the 2014-2016 trends and started dressing in the 2019-2021 trends”. His video has over 100,000 likes. And the caption points to the real problem: “I’m glad you found your personal style or whatever, but you don’t need to shame people who dress differently than you!”

Another sharp the review was posted by @franksaystwentyeight, who wrote: “This trend is just a way to intellectualize the shame, I started dressing how I wanted and my boobs are still out 24/7, that’s no.” The video has since garnered 1 million views and over 210,000 likes.

@franksaystwentyeight criticized the trend and got over a million views.
Credit: tiktok / franksaystwentyeight

Male gaze is a term that circulates a lot on TikTok, but the meaning is often lost due to its overuse.

“The masculine gaze is a theory that originated in cinema, but useful for interpreting art, photography and literature, in which the camera / the presumed audience is male and everything in front of it is designed for its consumption, including including women, ”explained Amanda Stanton. -Nelson, the 24-year-old master’s student behind the @franksaystwentyeight account. “It’s not something that you can dress for consciously or subconsciously, and attributing it to the fashion choices of women and non-binary people doesn’t make a whole lot of sense,” she continued.

Stanton-Nelson found that the videos on her For You page of this trend were mostly of girls wearing more revealing clothes and have since adopted more oversized silhouettes. “By saying that it was a way of intellectualizing the shame of sluts, I meant that it was abusing a sociological term to make women feel bad or complicit in sexism for their clothing choices and impose a sort of feminist hierarchy with fashion trends. ”

2000s indie songs that still bang

OK, this trend is actually hilarious. People have duet videos of creator @arijelkins in an attempt to emulate his distinct dances. It all started when @arijelkins, who has 1.2 million subscribers on the app, started posting a video series called “Indie Songs from the 2000s that Still Slap”. So far he’s posted 21 videos, and they’re all filmed on his couch and feature stilt dance moves. Other designers picked up on the awkwardness and began to imitate them.

Nat Hoops, the 23-year-old behind the @nartaniel account, believes he was the first person to duo @arijelkins’ moves. Imitation of @arijelkins by Hoops got over four million views, 730,000 likes, and it even inspired a multitude of copy videos.

The Hoops video inspired a trend on TikTok.

The Hoops video inspired a trend on TikTok.
Credit: tiktok / nartaniel

“I just saw his dance and thought it was really crazy, especially for the type of song he was listening to,” Hoops told Mashable on Instagram DM.

“I think it caught on because his dancing seemed pretty forced and everyone thought it was really embarrassing to imagine him filming this over and over again alone in his room. It’s also a trend. very easy to follow because it has so many videos that each one has an awkward dance, ”he concluded.

It’s a question of driving, it’s a question of power

The song of the week on TikTok is easily “Face Off” by Tech N9ne, Joey Cool and Dwayne Johnson. Yeah, The Rock is a rapper now.

The song is an intense ode to the culture of restlessness. The trending snippet on TikTok features the lyrics “it’s about driving, it’s about power, we stay hungry, we devour, work, put in hours.” Sound currently has over 390,000 videos on the app.

Similar to trend “while you were sitting” from a few weeks ago, “Face Off” is typically associated with time-lapse video and text that doesn’t justify the ferocity of audio. My favorite trending video was taken by @niamhadkins. The text of her video reads, “I make sure my ponytail doesn’t have a single bump in college,” and it shows her aggressively brushing her hair at double speed. I also brought this intensity to my ponytails in college, and clearly, I wasn’t alone in my hair brushing. The video has over 6 million views.

Another iteration of the trend speeds up K-pop idol videos training and, well, devouring food. There is endless potential for this audio.

Finally, if you are looking for a last minute Halloween costume, you might want to watch the videos under this sound. You’re welcome.

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