The covers of lady’s magazines from yesteryear are excellent fodder for gender manipulation, in my not-too-humble opinion. Naturally, they’re all sexist as hell, which is a reflection of society at the time. Fortunately, things have improved; women have come a long way and such overt sexism is now rare. So why turn around and make guys the target of such sexist attitudes? Hmmm. Good question… One answer might be that turnabout is fair play. Women were (and too often still are) the targets of gender bias, so maybe it’s only justice that men should suffer the same fate now and then.
But it’s more than that. This caption is part of a long history of transgender fantasy, wherein men are pushed (forced?) into old-style feminine roles. (How many caps have guys becoming secretaries?) Any man today who takes on a female life or lifestyle certainly wouldn’t (and shouldn’t have to) put up with that kind of bias, but as a fantasy it’s a whole different beast. The idea of turning into a stereotypical female, like the women pictured here, is somehow better than becoming a modern, liberated women—because it means somehow becoming more of a woman. This is a weird idea, I know, and one that really doesn’t stand up to logical scrutiny. But like everyone else, we cross-dressers are the products of our pasts, and all the societal influences from our upbringing, so we’re kind of stuck with the notion.
Bottom line? This is a harmless vice that hurts no one—and hopefully doesn’t offend anybody either—so let’s not lose any sleep over it.