How Harry Styles flips gender roles on their head in the music video for “Treat People with Kindness”


Harry Styles, a One Direction member and solo artist, wanted to start the new year with a gift: a music video.

The British star released the short film for a song from his album Fine Line, “Treat People with Kindness,” which was released in December 2019.

Like he has done in the past, in the music video, Styles subverts gender norms.

The star reveals how conventional ways of showing “masculinity” are dismissed and that he is perfectly relaxed in his own skin.

How Styles has in the past opposed gender roles

Before, Styles had explicitly opposed gender standards.

The “Watermelon Sugar” singer embraced the red carpet with flowered outfits, unveiled brightly painted nails and worn dresses, skirts and beaded necklaces, questioning young men’s more conservative dress code and encouraging others to do the same.

“Styles told Variety of his appreciation and decision to wear “women’s clothing,” “If you don’t wear [something]because it’s women’s clothing, you’re shutting out a whole universe of great clothing.

And the exciting thing about now, I think, is that you can wear anything you want. It doesn’t have to be either X or Y.

Those lines are gradually blurring.

And while Styles is definitely not the first public figure to dress the way he does, while in the spotlight and the attention that comes with it, it’s always refreshing to see this star continue to be unapologetically himself.

How Types in “Treat People With Kindness” rejects gender expectations

Styles proceeds to illustrate in his music video for “Treat People with Kindness,” that he does not care much about gender roles.

The video starts with “Fleabag” actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge sitting in a killer white pantsuit behind a desk, sending a man off as she leaves the office. Not a mild-mannered worker in sight – the woman is the boss here.

In an identical glittery white suit, Styles then stands on stage and sings and dances for the entire audience, which is packed with individuals of all genders. Styles allows Waller-Bridge to twirl and dip him around while performing on stage at the end of the video – all dance moves usually reserved for women.

Styles proves that he still would not let his gender deter him from doing what he wants to do by reversing what one would anticipate – Styles dipping and twirling Waller-Bridge.

On stage twirling? Only search.

Even, diving? Only search. Styles truly can do it all.

For Styles, what’s next?

His North American Fine Line Tour – dubbed ‘Love on Tour’ – had to be postponed several times by the breakout artist. As the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has largely crippled in-person concert appearances, he told Vogue he’ll return to the road when it’s “safe for everyone,”

“Being face-to-face with people is part of it,” Styles told Vogue about the concert experience. “You can’t really recreate it in any way.” (This fall, Styles’ former bandmates, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan, hosted virtual concerts successfully).

Styles is currently in production alongside Florence Pugh, Gemma Chan and Chris Pine in Los Angeles for the Olivia Wilde-directed film Don’t Worry Darling.

After Christopher Nolan’s war film Dunkirk, this is his second major film (2017).

While Styles’ next musical project is not yet established, it is clear that his style of gender-bending will undoubtedly continue to be seen.

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