I don’t feel like writing my paper right now so I’m getting angsty.
So basically what some people are saying is that by dressing “how rich white men dress” is perpetuating the “rich white man” agenda and such…
This irks me for a couple of reasons
TL;DR: I should be able to dress however I want and NOT have it reflect a white pastime.
1. When you say, “this is how rich white men dress”, you are saying, “you’re not rich, white, or a man so you can’t do that and if you do it’s bad.” So how do you want me to dress? Like a poor black woman? Would that make you more comfortable? This argument reminds me of a story I heard a while back about black males not wanting to be teachers because they never had black male teachers. Well that explains a lot. No representation because there isn’t any representation will result in STILL NO REPRESENTATION. Someone has to take the leap, be the first, etc. So because historically speaking rich white men have been dressing “dapper”. Thus, you, black butch you, should not not dress like that…because we butches are not like them…we’re not as good.
2. They look nice so why can’t I look nice? Why can’t I want to wear Brooks Brothers or Polo or Gant or whatever costs money? Why are those items reserved for the white elite? I should be able to dress however I want and NOT have it reflect a white pastime.
3. Non-white non-men non-rich people have been dressing “dapper” for just as long as “rich white men”. Yet, we like to glaze over this part of history and give minorities no credit for establishing their own style. This dapper style belongs to white men, get over yourselves butches.
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