|By Gary Grimes
Originally published in the October 2011 Socionomist
Robert Prechter’s groundbreaking socionomics report “Popular Culture and the Stock Market” noted that “men are more ‘masculine’ during bull markets, and women more ‘feminine.’”9 But in bear markets, those sexual stereotypes fall from favor and society embraces a greater variety of gender roles and identities.
Gender-bending seems more prevalent today than in recent decades, and the signs of social mood’s impact on the perception of sexuality are mounting.
Chaz Bono, currently a trans-gendered man and originally Chastity Bono, the daughter of famous television pair Sonny and Cher, was recently the star of the primetime TV series “Dancing With the Stars.”
Today’s hottest model, gracing magazine covers around the world wearing everything from four-inch heels to designer wedding gowns, is actually a 20-year-old man who is self-described as “genderless.” Female fashion models command higher earnings than males; Andrej Pejic’s “glam androgynous look” can command a paycheck as either.10
15 U.S. states plus D.C. have laws specifically prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression. A number of others are currently considering similar measures.11
Australia recently decided to provide three gender choices on passport applications: male, female and indeterminate. The country is following the lead of the U.S. and Britain, which both adopted similar measures in recent years.
As the current bear market mood blurs the very definitions of gender, expect modification and a variety of identities to become increasingly prevalent in society, art and public policy.■
9Prechter, R. (1985, August). Popular culture and the stock market. The Elliott Wave Theorist, Retrieved from https://3d8988.p3cdn1.secureserver.net/PDF/popular_culture.pdf.
10Platell, A. (2011, February 25). Fashion’s ultimate insult to women: The latest way of demeaning real women is a male model dressed as a girl. The Daily Mail, Retrieved from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1360460/Andrej-Pejic-Fashions-ultimate-insult-women-man-dresses-woman.html.
11Non-discrimination laws that include gender identity and expression, Transgender Law and Policy Institute, http://www.transgenderlaw.org/nd/laws/index.htm. See also Edwards, D. (2011, July 6). Connecticut governor signs law protecting transgender people. The Raw Story, Retrieved from http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/07/06/connecticut-governor-signs-law-protecting-transgender-people/.
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