TGIF, But Are You Wearing Pants?

This infographic from Buzzfeed asks an important question worth considering as the weekend approaches – also, it’s hilarious!

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12 responses to “TGIF, But Are You Wearing Pants?

  1. Monkey

    So, not to be a humorless bitch, but: it seems to me like a lot of the “leggings are not pants!” frenzy is centered around policing bodies that don’t conform to conventional beauty standards, i.e. people freaking out about fat women (or “fat” women”) insisting on not covering/hiding their bodies in compliance with the rhetoric of shame and disgust that attempts to control such bodies.

    My anxiety about this is complicated by an awareness of my own desire for people to dress “appropriately”–I don’t want to see anyone’s underwear as they’re walking down the street, for example, much less students’ when they’re in my classroom. But with that complication acknowledged, I still feel concerned about any discourse that tells people what they should and shouldn’t wear. Thoughts?

    • I hear you but I’m not convinced that Buzzfeed’s infographic carries or even is intended to carry social policy power. To my mind, it’s a humorous commentary on the trend popularized by Lady Gaga (Ms Pantless, herself!) rather than a fatphobic dig.

      By the way, I’m w/ you on the not wanting to see anyone’s underwear but my desire not to see this doesn’t mean that I’d want to criminalize public displays of unmentionables! (For the record, I’m also personally – though not politically – opposed to crocs and these godawful feet gloves)!

      • Monkey

        Oh, those shoes are the first horseman of the apocalypse. I think we can all agree on that.

      • The whole “leggings aren’t pants” thing, though is absolutely about body policing and the never acceptable societal practice of policing the most personal choices of women and defining our value by our appearance. And the infographic doesn’t subvert that, it only serves to reinforce it, however humorously. Nothing about this would make someone think twice about snarking or insulting a woman’s wardrobe.

    • Cim

      To my mind, there’s a difference between standards for acceptable social behavior (e.g. you should not chew with your mouth open, you should say “excuse me” when you accidentally elbow me in the face on the elevator, you should cover X bodypart in Y manner when in public) and body-policing strictures (e.g. you shouldn’t display X if you’re fat, scarred, old, ugly).

      I certainly agree that the latter are not okay. It’s true that some of the loudest voices in “tights are not pants” actually belong to the latter camp, but I think actually the majority there (as well as the Anti-Cameltoe, Anti-Asscrack, etc camps) apply them equally to everybody. In that case, it’s basically a matter of what that particular society considers Too Much Information in public (whether that be nipples, navels, asscracks, or ankles).

  2. This is why I always wear a kirtle.

  3. I’m going to paste this on my wall next to the front door to prevent this ever happening again. I can check myself before I leave the house wearing naught but glittery spandex. (Phew!)

    • I don’t know . . . glittery spandex sounds like “pants” to me! I’d hate to think that Threadbared contributed in any way to the retirement of this fashionable item. (Granted, I’m imagining sequin-y spandex, though. You know, formal wear.)

  4. Just for the record, though, crushed-velvet leggings are totally pants.

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