A couple of months back I mentioned that a somewhat gender-fluid rock band, Måneskin, had won the Italian national music contest in Sanremo (here). Well, they have now gone on to win the Eurovision song contest. I'm no expert on music but I mention them as I like their style: feminine hair, makeup, lace and corsetry, not just for the one girl.
Eurovision has always been a festival of camp so this is no breakthrough, and there has already been a transgender winner, Dana International in 1998. But now that this band will be in every magazine and on every chat show we might see both an increase in men wearing softer, more delicate clothing and also, as the band seem to aspire to reducing gender differences across the board, an improvement in acceptance of gender non-conformity and a corresponding reduction in male dominance. I think it's all to the good. I wish them well.
A dip in the archives
My continuing hunt for old photos brought up this portrait of mine, which is my favourite. Pose, lighting and angle all seemed to come together here.
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Non me n'intendo della musica ma sono contenta che abbiano vinto i Måneskin. Mu piace il loro stile e il modo in cui aspirano a ridurre le differenze di genere.