a reply to: Night Star
An awful lot of the cultural conventions that prevail in our modern society are utterly backward in my opinion. Hair grows longer over time, and then
begins to grey. There is no reason to remove it, colour it, or even style it, unless one happens to fancy to do so. But cultural conventions insist
idiotic things, like fellows must have shorter hair, and ladies longer hair, and when one is of a certain age NO MATTER THEIR GENDER there are choices
which are apparently a no no!
My attitude to these things, is as follows. I do not care how old you are, or what reproductive organs are contained by your underwear, the fact
remains that ones hair, ones choice in clothing, remains purely and solely ones own business. Frankly speaking, all the things that look "bad", and
I mean genuinely bad on a woman in her sixties or seventies, make people look bad when they are in their twenties and thirties too, especially where
clothing is concerned...
Skirts which do not extend low enough to cover the entirety of the buttocks. I hate to say it ladies, but no matter whether one is sixty eight,
eighteen, or twenty eight, that is a bad look, and says all the worst things about ones self worth. No one needs to see any percentage of arse, just
because the person who designed the garment could not be bothered to cut the thing in a more dignified fashion.
Then there is the habit of faaaaaar too much make up. Unless one is off to see Gorgoroth headline a black metal gig, one does not need to put on an
inch of grease paint every time one leaves the house. It's bad for the skin, its bad for ones self confidence (cannot leave the house without the
mask, cannot leave the house without the mask), and almost invariably looks like an accident with a paint gun. It's just graffiti on the Mona Lisa,
and the sooner the world wakes up to that fact, the better for everyone's confidence and emotional well being.
And hair... Look, I have seen some ladies who are approaching old age, who were sporting Mohawks, also one of those strange hair styles which
involves being half shaved, half spiked...... Those look bad, but they do not look bad because the skull they were attached to was of advancing years,
but because those styles next to ALWAYS look TERRIBLE on ladies, and they only rarely work very well on gentlemen!
Fake lashes, fake nails, glitter powder, hair extensions (unless very well done, and not in the trendy style, but in the rough and ready urban
warrior kind of a way) heels of more than two inches, all of these things are BAD but they look just as awful on younger devotees as older ones.
Some people say "Shut up! If I have to do this to make me feel good about myself, then that's what I am going to do!".
I am all for people feeling confident in themselves, but only if they ARE comfortable with themselves, the way they really are, not just while hidden
behind layers of pointless facade! Here is an example...
I am a gentleman. I have tiny little arms when compared to the girth of my torso. I also happen to favour sleeveless shirts, because I hate being
hot, and a lack of sleeves helps air move more easily through the garment in my experience. If I was a moron, I might say to myself "Yes, that's all
very well, but you know it does not look right on you. Go and put on a full sleeved shirt, and wear it in the baking sun to hide your pathetic arms!
Or better yet, go to the gym and get buff!".
However I am not a moron. I do NOT care what others think of my appearance, I only care that I am physically comfortable in what I am wearing. I also
have a bit of a gut, but if the temperature gets above thirty, you can bet that I will be somewhere in the shade, with no shirt on, letting my gut
hang out, and not giving a God damn, because I will also be cool.
Focusing on how one appears to others, is the most puerile waste of intellect I have ever come across. The only important thing, whether you are
twenty one or one hundred and one, is whether you are comfortable in what you wear, the way you wear your hair, and being comfortable about it means
NOT GIVING A GOD DAMN ABOUT WHAT OTHERS THINK!