This is a really awesome pic/quote. Without making an assumption about this person’s own identity, generally there is a great tendency in North America to shame cis-men who dress in dresses and skirts and makeup, traditionally “women’s clothing”, while there is *somewhat more acceptance of cis-women wearing traditional “men’s clothing” (such as ties, slacks and dress shirts).
It is the same in other realms of our lives: it is okay for girls to play with toys marketed predominantly towards boy (such as lego sets), but boys can’t play with barbies without being shamed and ridiculed. Girls are seen as being empowered by boy’s things, while boy’s are seen as sissies.
It comes back to the hierarchical view of gender performance in North American culture: males are dominant while women are submissive. By taking on overt feminine gender markers, men are disempowering themselves, emasculating themselves.
I know this isn’t the rule, and women who cross dress are certainly persecuted as well. I’m suggesting, however, that is potentially more dangerous for a man to wear a pretty dress outside then it is for a woman to wear slacks and a tie.
What do you guys think?