Not sheepish, but individ-ewe-al
2015-06-19 11:53 am (UTC)
Thank you for talking about this. There are definitely all kinds of issues with how dress codes intersect with disability as well as gender, and it's somewhat outside my own experience, so I'm really grateful that you commented from an informed perspective.
I know my brother for example completely changed his gender presentation when he became disabled in an accident. Noticing that sort of thing really does underline the way that femininity is labour, which I think feminists are aware of but it's much more prominent for people who are budgeting for spoons. And for people who are read as female by default but are actually not exactly or not all the time female, making people accept their real gender is a different kind of labour.
Really interesting points about the need to keep cool, it's rather lovely that you've been sharing tips with your hijab-wearing friend. But yeah, that's another thing where less strictly enforced, gendered dress codes would make life genuinely easier for people with chronic pain, or thermoregulation issues, or a number of related problems.
Re religion, Judaism at its best really does encourage careful thought about ethical choices, I would say more so the Progressive denominations, especially Reform Judaism which is my own culture. Of course there's plenty of variation, sometimes Judaism like any other religion is about conformism and accepting arbitrary authority.
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