The Women's Rights movement in the 60s and 70s, opened Pandora's Box (if you'll forgive me) and made the males of our world start to face it that they had been treating their lovers, wives, partners, and co-workers, as something less than human. In terms of the Attire language, it meant that forms of dress previously outside of the norm for women, became acceptable, and in time fully understood as appropriate, and in keeping with their needs.
The Gay Rights movement did something similar, and oddly, in the end affected mostly the same demographic, straight men. It challenged people to understand that maleness was not simply the province of chest thumping, border protecting, aggressive action. It also embraced simpler, softer, and more thoughtful things.
Certainly it has been said that the internet is for porn, (lets be honest, its observably true), but, its also a way for people of diverse backgrounds to connect in ways heretofore impossible; and give them a way to learn and grow, outside of a classroom. Even in my own humble blog here, I have readers spanning 4 continents, and hopefully someday, much more. That I can share what I know across the globe, was something inconceivable, only 50 years back in time. So, that said, the effect of the information age is profound, opening doors, breaking down barriers, and exposing people to all sorts to experiences. and manners of expression, they would never have thought of on their own.
So what do we end up with? Well, what I'm seeing, admittedly through the lens of the edgey San Francisco universe, is that we are, finally, beginning to let go of some of the oldest and more hard held notions of male, female, and what makes you one or the other. We are beginning to understand that its not the equipage you come bundled with, but what you have inside to give, and what you do with those qualities that makes you beautiful, desirable, and worthy.