July 7th, 2006


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[User Picture]From: pyrtolin Date: July 7th, 2006 - 05:45 pm (Link)
Given recent events, this is an amusing thing for me to think about.

I spent a long time in the camp of clothes simply being functional. Protection from the elements and such (I mean, would you want to sit on a public bus without at least one layer of clothing protecting you?) and to maintain social acceptability.

I got over overall disregard pretty easily, understanding that the more presentable you are, the more comfortable other people are with you. That, really is, I think, the problem with people who dress down completely. It's not that they don't care about how they look, but that they're sending a strong message of "My comfort matters more to me than yours." That's, obviously, a very damaging message to send in any professional context.

Understanding isn't really the same as appreciating, though. It's only very recently that I've gotten a feel for the later- the sheer enjoyment that can come from actually trying to look good and having the work put into it affirmed.

My instinct, based on where I can see my previous attitudes are coming from, is that a lot of people have, at best, no appreciation of their appearance, if not an outright negative one. It beomces easier, then, to declare themselvs "beyond" such common vanity and boost themselves up by lumping together anyone who puts effort into looking good as shallow and superficial.

Not that there aren't those who are so obsessed by their looks that they do fit that description, but the truth is, as long as you don't get too worked up about it, it's just another way to have fun. Some people will enjoy it more than others, certainly. But, keeping a sense of what's most effective and appropriate in what situation is just part of the game.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 7th, 2006 - 06:42 pm (Link)
My instinct, based on where I can see my previous attitudes are coming from, is that a lot of people have, at best, no appreciation of their appearance, if not an outright negative one. It beomces easier, then, to declare themselvs "beyond" such common vanity and boost themselves up by lumping together anyone who puts effort into looking good as shallow and superficial.


That's actually a good way of summing up my feelings, more or less. I'm not absolutely in a greement, but I'm maybe 90% there. I think people who feel they aren't "one of the beautiful" reject it as an ideal because its easier than believing something is wrong with them. To me, that is just as wrong as the jocks and cheerleaders rejecting the nerds for their geekiness and intelligence. I'm not saying that beauty is more important than intelligence. I'm saying both are valuable and I'm saying that there is nothing wrong with aspiring to both (nor is there anything wrong with achieving neither).
[User Picture]From: pyrtolin Date: July 7th, 2006 - 08:57 pm (Link)
Absolutely. That's what I'm learning in my own way as well. I mean there are definitely people out there who simply don't care, but they also generally don't turn that into active disregard.

I can also imagine, in our society at least, that you'll find the attitude in guys more often that girls. We often go beyond simply not teaching guys to reconize what makes them attractive into, really, discouraging it in many ways.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 7th, 2006 - 09:13 pm (Link)
probably. Of course, the PC feminist thing is to teach girls that it shouldn't matter either. I, on the other hand, am anything but PC.
[User Picture]From: pyrtolin Date: July 7th, 2006 - 09:56 pm (Link)
Yeah, that's really a shame, because it just spreads the problem instead of encouraging people to figure out what they enjoy for themselves.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 8th, 2006 - 07:08 am (Link)
yeah... I have a lot of problems with organized feminism for that reason. I sort of agree with a lot of the ideals but disagree with a lot of the conclusions reached from them. I feel the same way about a lot of political groups actually. From megaparties like the Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians down to special interest groups like GLAAD, the NRA or the NAACP. That's probably part of the reason that I hate organized politics so much.
 

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