Style Wars: Not Graffiti But Hipster Takeover
Style, or the way we construct our dress, seems capable to achieve political goals—equal to the power of protests. Speaking from experience, I did not know that my clothes upset the authority figures. Since my professor claimed that I was funny-looking last night, I’ve found a complement in my teacher’s words. Where he was speaking from started at a position, of a certain way of looking at the body. Each new generation violates the laws for presenting the body of the previous generation. This historical function should reveal another strategy for change, another method of power.
Of us young people, the teenage men have completely challenged the power of previous masculinity. Absorbed by the Hipster flavor that’s swank these days, young men are on the frontline in skinny jeans. It’s a double effect, we embody a new design of manhood and disturb the reality of older men. This means that the body holds the possibility of power, of an ability to destroy established orders of the body. In other words, the sexist and homophobic, straight leg pants-wearing man loses its possibility to duplicate. Although we are still afraid to admit, our form-fitting style complicates the “straight or feminine” ultimatum. By integrating new patterns for dressing the young man, the body of a young man both changes meaning and discovers new functions.