I remember one time in middle school we had to make up myths so I wrote a creation myth for the northern lights and there was this girl aurora borealis (daughter of goose borealis I don’t remember what his role was anymore or why his name was goose other than that he was kind of a doofus) and I don’t remember the rest but at the end she was walking along with a paint palette and she tripped and fell and froze to death and her breath and paint froze up in the sky it was a p good story also the moral is that I’m driving back to ice hell and this could happen to me
Arguably the aesthetic goal of punk is to subvert and twist visual tropes to express rebellion and aggression. The POINT is to offend (upside down crosses! bad words! crazy gross makeup! etc!) so punks are frequently criticized for offensive behavior or dress and a legitimate answer to that criticism is ‘fuck you, I do what I want.” That’s kind of the point of it all in the first place.
But I think a p. important component to that mode of dress is rebellion against authority, rebellion against the dominant beauty standard, rebellion against THE MAN and all of his oppressive trappings, etc etc. Which is why you see angry t-shirts with the Queen of England or Reagan or whoever on them. It’s why crosses and Catholic imagery twisted and reimagined and revamped turns up all the time. The Catholic Church has centuries of history of oppression and repression, so subverting and modding that imagery (here is a cross necklace and my tits and demonic black nail polish!) is like fighting back. Bringing down the patriarchy by stabbing it with tiny tiny prong-set spikes, or something.
But when white punks appropriate, fuck with, and/or subvert stuff like bindis or Hindu imagery or “gypsy clothes” or dreads or mohawks or ‘primitive tribalism’ or whatever—at its core that is an inherently UNREBELLIOUS act. Appropriating the imagery from oppressed cultures because you think it’s cool is about as THE MAN as you can get. That’s the M.O. of Cracker Von Patriarch, who loved Asian-Ish art and fashion back in the 19th century; who posed in turbans for daguerrotype portraits, and bought his wife* exotic ORIENTAL textiles to drape across her piano for when company came, and who was a huge racist sexist empire-building oppressive douchenozzle who covered licentious piano legs and murdered brown folks and took away their autonomy like, before breakfast.
So when punx answer criticism of their appropriativeness with ‘it’s punk’ and ‘fuck you, I do what I want” and “DIY! FASHION! CREATIVITY!” and “FUCK YOU, I DO WHAT I WANT!” I think they’re pretty colossally missing the point. There’s a difference between telling The Man to go fuck himself and being The Man: only the most recent person in a long line of privileged people telling brown folks to deal with it and get over it because you can take their shit any time you want.
*And you know Missy Von Patriarch would wear Exotic Stuff to be Fashionable too, right? This shit ain’t new.
for the anon who asked me about gender roles in pride and prejudice
I ANSWERED THIS ALREADY and then it got lost somehow and I am so frustrated omfg but okay here goes my attempt to recreate it
the thing about pride & prejudice is that it deals primarily with gender roles within stereotypical and traditional masculinity and femininity. (also, when I say ‘stereotypical and traditional’ here I’m referring to stereotypical and traditional white western constructions of masculinity and femininity, plus also fairly privileged class-wise; 1813 english countryside gentry!!) elizabeth operates from this position that’s in a traditionally feminine sphere; marriage to darcy is much more a politically advantageous strategic move than it is simply a romantic happy ending. it’s really awesome that darcy views her more as an equal, but elizabeth is also hella shrewd and aware about it. remember at the end of the book when georgiana is like ‘whoa you are so sassy and my brother is totally okay with that! that is out of this world! look at how wide my eyes are in shock right now!’ and elizabeth is quick to be like ‘okay so sometimes husbands are more accepting and allowing of this kind of thing in wives! not from sisters though!’ because she gets that her marriage is an exception and she doesn’t want georgiana to get her hopes up.
one could argue that bingley is less traditionally masculine than darcy (I am darcy and I am rich and aggressive!!!! and broody! and way judgmental! I am a MAN!!!!!!!!!!!) given that he’s more shy (in a different way than darcy can be) and submissive and willing to let darcy essentially take the reigns on his life. indeed, given that jane, too, has like all of the soft and feminine qualities of elizabeth times ten, the jane/bingley dynamic functions as a softer, secondary version of elizabeth and darcy’s headstrong & headbutting little pairing.
one thing I take issue with is the way I think sometimes elizabeth is set up as being gr8 because she’s the Best Woman/best way to be a woman (ugh, no wrong way 2 b a girl!!!!) in contrast to all of the other ~silly ladies~ because it’s like ‘look elizabeth has the perfect balance of masculinity and femininity to make her better than all those other women while still not being a virago!! ~__~’ which is gross and especially apparent with lydia and kitty and especially with lydia of those two. lydia and kitty suffer from that thing where it’s like ‘hi I’m societal expectations! okay this is how I want you to be, no really I mean it, you should care about ribbons and handsome soldiers and balls and pretty dresses and nothing else’ and lydia and kitty grow up with that and are like yeah okay and then society is like ‘OMG LOOK AT YOU, YOU’RE SUCH SILLY GIRLS, YOU’RE TERRIBLE, I CAN’T STAND YOU, WHY ARE YOU LIKE THIS’ and lydia has the sheer nerve to not only be a ~silly girl~ but also to want more than she should and everyone is like ‘girl u dumb’ and lydia’s like ‘wait but I thought this is what you wanted from me????? also I’m pretty happy most of the time???? so’ and it’s just so unfair how pretty much every single character condemns her. and then it also makes darcy some White Knight bullshit because he and his money swoop in to save the day for the poor ruined girl. it’s frustrating.