A group of latte-sipping cultural elites are banging on with their postmodern ideas about the power of clothes to create meanings that are louder than people’s words or actions. They can even make people to behave in ways they wouldn’t otherwise.
Like, when I wear a knee length skirt, I can use that to force people to give me 15% off goods and services. The last time I wore a floor length gown, I got a free toaster. But when I accidentally lost a button on my shirt that time, some woman stole my car.
There are a couple of people in that thread who are insisting that clothes are not actually powerful enough to cause actions in other people, such as pro-freedom “yobbo” who writes:
People calling rape victims “sluts” for their dress are indeed blaming the victim – and blaming the victim without evidence to back it up.
But it’s not just women who have to accept the fact that clothes are really powerful at causing things, right? I mean, this idea is applied to all sorts of problems, not just conveniently brought up when it comes to one particular crime?
Honestly, why is this still even a debate that serious people are having?