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Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Pants Apocalypse is Upon Us

The Thinking Housewife's Laura Wood writes about the greatest of all abominations, not-men forsaking their skirts for pants:
These changes have not liberated women. Far from it. They have confined them. They have encouraged women to ape men. They have caused them to lower themselves, especially in the eyes of their children, as a pseudo-man is necessarily inferior to a real man. They have created a world that is less beautiful and less ceremonious. Sixteenth-century peasants dressed with more dignity than wealthy Western women today.
She goes on to quote the late Giuseppe Cardinal Siri, the Archbishop of Genoa's condemnation of the pantsuit:
The consequences of such violations are not a new outline of man, but disorders, hurtful instability of all kinds, the frightening dryness of human souls, the shattering increase in the number of human castaways, driven long since out of people’s sight and mind to live out their decline in boredom, sadness and rejection. Aligned on the wrecking of the eternal norms are to be found the broken families, lives cut short before their time, hearths and homes gone cold, old people cast to one side, youngsters willfully degenerate and — at the end of the line — souls in despair and taking their own lives.
Thinking Housewife Contributor Jesse Powell rightly points out that you can't tell the difference between men and not-men if they both wear pants, and that fires up a man's abuse gene:
If there was a general societal norm that men wore pants while women wore dresses it would be very clear that there was a difference between the sexes. In such a setting chivalry or “gentlemanly respect towards women” would be easy to maintain and would even come naturally on the part of men. By the same token, women behaving in a demure manner, in a polite and respectful way towards men is also something I would expect. Such changes in the behavior of men towards women and of women towards men would go a long way in healing the damage that has occurred in the relations between the sexes.
Thinking Not-Housewife Thomas F. Bertonneau chips in, noting that Anne Klein style business skirt/jacket combinations are no better than pants. Femislamunistofascists wear them to mock men's masculinity:
I knew a girl in graduate school in the 1980s who wore skirt-and-blouse combinations and dresses, but of the “professional” cut, maybe from the Anne Klein catalogue. The effect, despite the female cut, was a parody of male attire. I noticed this again when I taught college in Michigan. There is a severely cut type of female “professional wear” that caricatures male attire and makes the women who don it look quite risible. Many of the female professors dressed in that mode – and the effect was one of deliberate and rather puritanical de-sexing. Is that the intention? I suspect that the intention, misguided and ineffective, is to “look like men,” or to look like what sufferers from feminism-inspired misandric resentment think men look like.

1 comment:

  1. Thomas F. Bertonneau knew a girl in graduate school? Well, I know know a girl who ... well, this one time in band camp ...


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