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Rules for Anchorites

Letters from Proxima Thule

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This touches on something I think about a lot: the semiotics of adornment, from clothing to hairstyles to jewelry. Clothing is a language and we say very specific things to others and about ourselves by means of what we wear.

Or as Zappa put it, "Everybody in this room is wearing a uniform and don't kid yourself."

Oh, you'd better believe it. At cons I notice this so much. There's elaborate cosplayers, but even the t shirt geeks are wearing a uniform, what you wear in that place, what you must wear. Even the guests of honor, sometimes--and I notice that a LOT with geeky male alpha sorts.

I notice that a LOT with geeky male alpha sorts

How will you know that they're sexually available if you can't see their plumage displays?

See, I think it's displaying to other males, not females. Competitive self-reference.

That too, of course. And it keeps them warm and covers their filthy shameful nakedness. Plumage is multi-purpose!

Now I have Monty Python's Parrot Sketch stuck in my head.

"The plumage don't enter into it!"

huh. I wear interesting geek shirts as a sort of art/humor project regardless of gender. I don't care if someone has a higher status shirt. Status competitions bore me, though. I mean, I enjoy the social notice when I wear a funny/cool t-shirt, but I don't care much if I don't get any, or if other people get more or less.

I don't think you're representative.

I could be if I competed harder!

At many geek workplaces, you'd get more weird looks for showing up in a suit, or even a shirt and tie, than you would for showing up in a stained white T-shirt and cut-off jeans. I bet the same is true of cons.

Just wearing a faded black polo makes people ask me why I'm dressed up.

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