Uniform rant - Journal of Omnifarious
Jan. 11th, 2004
08:56 pm - Uniform rant
One thing about the parts of the Seattle social scene I've encountered so far... They're big on uniforms. Not your standard army uniforms, or suits, or anything of the sort. No, goth uniforms, or fetish uniforms, or other sorts of gear seem de rigueur.
To me, uniforms are about making someone feel comfortable. Either they're to make the wearer feel comfortable and like (s)he belongs. Or, they're to make the group feel comfortable that everybody has something in common. Required uniforms are definitely about making the group feel comfortable.
It's rather cynically amusing that a fashion statement that arose out of a group of people that felt placed on the outside and excluded from the rest of the world should be so exclusionary themselves. They create their own reality.
I don't have a problem with people who've chosen to dress that way themselves. I do have a problem when those people start to judge and filter who they will deal with on the basis of their appearance rather than their behavior.
This was all prompted by this woman I rather liked running a pizza place who gave me tickets to a nightclub for tomorrow. And the tickets specify that you have to be wearing religious satire or fetish attire. *sigh* I have neither, and I don't intend to get either. If I chose to go, I would dress in something involving lots of leather and chains, then tell people it was actually fetish satire and that I was making fun of all of them, because I would be. It's so stupid and inane that something that was supposed to be about originality and self-expression has become a social scene that discourages both.
*chuckle* I have felt uncomfortable at Convergence, for dress reasons, though that's really all about my comfort, not the comfort of other Convergence attendees. A friend last year told me that I was original for not wearing all black and trying to look like a gothy geek-boy. I think it's funny that I'd be considered original for not dressing into a mold. Though she may have told me that because I was feeling kind of insecure. :-)