RANT PORN: [TITLE – MR/MRS/MS]

TIME TO STEP IT UP!

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Come on retail it’s time to step it up. The gender revolution is no longer fresh news. We are in full swing and non-binary and trans awareness is becoming more and more visible in the mainstream every day.

So why are we still being forced to choose a gendered title? Why is this still an issue? What purpose does it have when I choose a title other than to define me as something I do not relate too. It doesn’t work for data collection if you are asking someone to write something down just to tick a box they don’t belong in!

And if it’s to identify yourself for card purchases then the banks need to step it up too. I am not a Mr, I am not a Mrs or a Miss or a Ms, I not a Doctor or a Lord or a Dame either. I am a Ted, that is all.

Several times in the last few years when I have made purchases from stores I have been asked my title and there was no option to decline having one or to choose something more relevant like “Mx”, which thanks to Justin Vivian Bond is officially recognised in the English Oxford Dictionary as a title.

I was particularly shocked at the kind of stores which required me to choose a binaried title, the first one being “Selfridges” on Oxford street in London, who have an A-gendered section throughout the store. It is wonderful and revolutionary to have pioneered this decision for such a prominent retail leader; however, it seems somewhat careless and blatantly negligent to have ignored the fact you have to choose Mr or Mrs when making a purchase elsewhere in the store.

The second was a “Saint Laurent” store in, (the hell hole that is), Beicester Village Retail Village. Catwalks are often the first place to question and blend gender so why are our stores still asking us to choose? Especially high fashion ones such as Saint Laurent who really have no excuse to be ignorant in such cases.

Finally, the one that led me to writing this article was, “House of Fraser”, today. I was ordering a non-gendered fragrance, yet had to choose my gender at the till with no option of “other” – which also has negative connotations yet is sometimes better than being forced to choose something.

Perhaps to many this is a non-issue, but this is exactly the sort of negligence that makes these oppressive classifications OK. The impact of this kind of forceful choosing is viciously underground; it makes it OK to look at non-binary people as other, as alternative, as needy and pathetic and less than, and this is NOT OK! It leads to bullying, hate, ignorance and death.

We are all human, we are all nature and all part of the cosmos, we share what is in existence, we feed from the soil and we were all born from the vagina of another human. So why are we still boxing and othering, especially in a retail environment, places in which we are supposed to be free to express ourselves aesthetically.

It’s time to step up and make some changes. So come on retail, give us Mx, give us Ze, Give us Ind, M, Misc, Mre, Msr, Myr, Pr, Sai, Ser, Sher, Ve, Hen, Shim, SHmale, Kale, Alien, Next Level Bitch and Kitty Kat Pow!

Thanks Universe

Love Ted Rogers”Artpornblog”

xXx

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