#Ungender


#Ungender

We imagine a world without labels. No he, no she

By ELLE team  June 2nd, 2015

What if your gender didn’t matter? Not it's stereotypes. Nor it's stigmas. None of the shoulds or should-nots. Not even it's clothes. Just the freedom to be whoever you choose to be. It is a question we’ve been asking ourselves for some time now at ELLE. And the sheer avalanche of possibilities a world free of gender roles would allow has us bewildered. Imagine walking down a street at 2am and forgetting to be afraid. Or dating a man with a penchant for swishing skirts. Imagine slender not being equal to weak; or swarthy not meaning lesbian. Equal pay, equal opportunity, equal rights. More clothes, more compassion. Imagine unabashedly bawling your eyes out, boy or girl, in a theatre full of people when the sad part comes. But first we had to confront our own prejudices — the language of he and she lives in the most liberated, forward-thinking and defiant among us. We decided to consciously dream of such a free world. Our first attempt was an installation at the recent FOCUS Photography Festival in Mumbai, featuring real people, who were willing and ready to dream with us. With their help, we prodded the boundaries of what is gender-appropriate and what is not, and questioned why these tags should exist at all.

Photographs: Bikramjit Bose; Styling: Nidhi Jacob, Alisha Netalkar, Arushi Parakh; Make-up and Hair: Sandhya Shekar, Mehul Sakhrani

What if your gender didn’t matter? Not it's stereotypes. Nor it's stigmas. None of the shoulds or should-nots. Not even it's clothes. Just the freedom to be whoever you choose to be. It is a question we’ve been asking ourselves for some time now at ELLE. And the sheer avalanche of possibilities a world free of gender roles would allow has us bewildered. Imagine walking down a street at 2am and forgetting to be afraid. Or dating a man with a penchant for swishing skirts. Imagine slender not being equal to weak; or swarthy not meaning lesbian. Equal pay, equal opportunity, equal rights. More clothes, more compassion. Imagine unabashedly bawling your eyes out, boy or girl, in a theatre full of people when the sad part comes. But first we had to confront our own prejudices — the language of he and she lives in the most liberated, forward-thinking and defiant among us. We decided to consciously dream of such a free world. Our first attempt was an installation at the recent FOCUS Photography Festival in Mumbai, featuring real people, who were willing and ready to dream with us. With their help, we prodded the boundaries of what is gender-appropriate and what is not, and questioned why these tags should exist at all.

Photographs: Bikramjit Bose; Styling: Nidhi Jacob, Alisha Netalkar, Arushi Parakh; Make-up and Hair: Sandhya Shekar, Mehul Sakhrani