Anarchists of Style: Jon Jon Goulian (Snapshot)

Jon Jon Goulian would likely object to the title “anarchist of style.” Today a literary party-darling and author of the recent memoir, The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt, Goulian began wearing makeup and women’s clothing as a teenager. His motivation, as explained to Out: “So that my peers would be less likely to judge me harshly for my obvious sexual inactivity.” This memoir is “not a book about a rebel,” he told The New York Times. “A rebel is someone who aggressively asserts his individuality in the face of the pressure to conform. That’s not the person in this book. This is a person who, out of an inability to conform, is falling back on the shield behind which to hide. It’s out of cowardice, not boldness.”

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