I’m in one of those stereotypical female moods where I am generally obsessed and very concerned with my aesthetic value, and have re-evaluated my wardrobe, makeup, hair color and cut. I’ve spent over $400 on makeup in the last month or so (I know it’s crass to talk about money, but I’m working-class spawn so forgive me) and I’m still not happy. I know by the time that summer rolls around, I won’t want to wear ANYTHING (insert Vegas joke here) yet I cannot help but indulge.
Caring about how one looks is normal and natural though, and anyone who says that they don’t care how they look is a fucking liar. I remember one time I was sitting in my American Realism class, which was painful- not because of the material because I’m a loser and I loved the nineteenth century, but because it was a 7:00 – 9:15 p.m. class. In between my upright cat naps, I overheard my classmates discussing social cues and how people dress, act, etc. accordingly.
One gentleman proudly declared that attending to social cues was not as inherent as people thought, and explained as an example that he did not care at all how he dressed. Now, at first look one would have been inclined to have said to him “we can tell,” observing an obviously sedentary lifestyle and detecting an unremarkable love life. However, wouldn’t it be true that if he did NOT care about what he wore, he would not be opposed to wearing women’s clothing? Or bright colors? If people indiscriminately chose their clothing, what would they look like? Why did he choose cargo shorts over slacks or jeans? Tennis shoes over loafers? I don’t think I have to expand on this further, because one can imagine what his responses would be should anyone ask him these things. There really are not very many varying answers.
I don’t know what the point of this story was, except to show how much I have a disdain for people who are silly enough to think that they are not subject to social cues as the next human being participating in society. Don’t they read their Nietzsche? It also gives me a false sense of superiority, which is awesome too.