cover your bits, clown nose optional

9 11 2010

My dog wears a tu-tu. Everyone thinks it’s “cute”. We have her wearing it because it makes her no-licky-the-hoohah collar more effective, rather than for cute factor, but the cuteness is a nice gravy benefit.

But who cares? Why should a piece of fabric cause a reaction anyway? If it were someone’s 5-year old son, there’d be the well meaning but ultimately clueless and judgmental crass asses to deal with, and the potential for a sweet shiny eyed big hearted kid to learn way too soon that Being Yourself sometimes has consequences from people whose hearts haven’t grown as big as his has yet. What a harsh lesson so early, but what a neat person this kid has the potential to become with the support he’s got around him.

My man knows how to wear a dress. Frankly, he can rock one. And he’s manly, PLUS sweet, sensitive, and funny– a damned fine catch that I won the lottery by finding. (And dammit, he’s got nice gams too.)

In an ideal world, clothes’ function is simple: cover your naughty bits, protect you from the elements, and be comfortable for the task at hand. But we all know it’s more than that. It’s a brand. It’s a statement of YOU and how you view yourself, or want others to view you.

Every day, you put on a costume. Seriously. No, you don’t put on ONE outfit for each place, but you do have a set range of “acceptable” wear for each situation. My friend Delightful made a good point the other day that even the Goth kids have a “uniform” of sorts. Goth kid: I dress this way because it’s different. Reply: Yeah. But why do you look just like your other goth friends? (Disclaimer: I adore goths, and I confess to having a recessive goth gene myself– it’s the teen angst logic mismatch that gives me a giggle.) 

Some costuming examples for your amusement:

  • Church/Office/Nursing Home visit: Conservative suit or dress, yes. Hoochie sequins, fishnets, and the pink wig? No.
  • Susan Komen Run: Running shorts/etc, yes. Last year’s thrift store bubble-gum pink prom dress customized with grommets & ribbon up the back, with feather boa, YES. Conservative suit or dress, no.
  • Evening out on the town: Little black dress, flowy pants, hot designer jeans, heels, YES. Paint stained & holey old unshapen flannel sweatshirt, hubby’s jeans, hiking boots, No.
  • A day picking strawberries & flying kites: Paint stained & holey old unshapen flannel sweatshirt, hubby’s jeans, hiking boots, Yes. Little black dress, flowy pants, hot designer jeans, heels, No.

But somehow, no one needs to be told that it’s not a good idea to show up to the office in an elvis cape or a clown costume.

Even if a clown is THE most ironically appropriate thing. Rubber nose optional.

Elvis is thumbs up for Saving Hooters. Clearly this is promotion worthy attire, no?

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5 responses

9 11 2010
jen

a friend sent me a link to that blog over the weekend. i don’t see the big deal – it was for Halloween! It’s not like it was just some random Tuesday at school. Besides, my niece was “Captain Jack Sparrow” and no one made a fuss over that. Double standards!

PS – your husband does have nice legs. ha ha.

9 11 2010
geauxgirl

Agreed! Can’t you just envision all the tongue clucking that poor momma received? Sheesh. All in the name of “being helpful”.

Something I neglected to expound upon is that not being a fan of pink, ruffles, being demure, and batting eyelashes to get their way in life doesn’t make someone manly either for that matter. It just means she’s a woman, rather than an 8 year old girl with pigtails! I think a lot of us “girly it up” more often than what would come naturally, just to placate those around us, don’t you?

10 11 2010
izziedarling

Ok,gg, a few things … despite Leeloo’s delicate condition, she does look quite adorable! Really. And if that is your man in the photo, he does rock a dress! Re: the blog mom with the little boy … it was a costume, for God’s sake. I’m all for choice, be who you are, the ground is level. But, because she published his photo in the costume, this bs will follow him the rest of his life. Her message was good, her intentions good, publishing his face with the header that made it to “Good Morning, America” and beyond, not so much. He may have chosen the costume, but he didn’t choose this sort of legacy. Whew.

10 11 2010
geauxgirl

I could not agree more about the momma and the unintended legacy. We thought a nekkid baby pic was bad to be drug out at highschool graduations, they’ve got nothin’ on this kid. At least it’s not baby’s first poo poo posted for the world to see and evaluate. 😀

And yup, dat’s my man: pink dress Elvis is all for savin’ the breasticles.

14 11 2010
delightfuleccentric

(a) The thing that cracks me up about Goth kids (or any other group that wears a “different” outfit) is that a lot of the time, when asked why they dress that way, they say, “Because I don’t care what anyone thinks of me.” Which I call BS on.
(b) Sadly, some people DO need to be told they can’t wear an Elvis cape to work. Okay, so that’s obviously a stretch, but at my former place of employment, a decidedly casual environment, people didn’t quite understand that even though jeans and sneakers were okay, ratted jeans with more holes than material were NOT.

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