Judging (was Re: Merlin (with spoilers) Grundo, Coercion)
vendersleighc at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 8 14:27:07 EDT 2003
>This judging people by their clothes is a tricky
one (so much like judging
>books by their covers - and we all know that's a
no-no, don't we? Even
>though covers are designed to make us do just
>I wonder if things have changed over the years?
Once upon a time clothes
>were chosen less for personal preference than in
accordance with societal
>norms about one's status and what was considered
appropriate to a particular
>occasion. Nowadays they seem to be claimed as an
expression of individual
>taste, mood and personality. And yet it's now
(when when such a judgement
>might seem to be most invited) that we are
warned against judging people by
>the clothes they choose. Why? I ask in true
perplexity as one who has never
>really understood fashion at all. I suppose the
statements people use
>clothes to make might be false ones - but then
if they tell sartorial lies
>they can hardly complain if they're believed,
any more than if they tell
You've certainly identified the problem there!
Thinking again on the subject, of course clothes
do communicate stuff about the wearer that the
wearer intends -- as well as what they don't.
However I do think they are unsafe as an
indicator of character, the fundamental character
of a person -- are they pleasant, trustworthy,
intelligent etc. Also, although it may be
possible to identify membership of some group
(class, deviant subculture, race) from a person's
clothing this again won't tell you about their
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