Carborendum Posted March 27 Report Share Posted March 27 I had noted in another thread that religion codifies things in a manner that government really shouldn't do. So, that got me to thinking about other things that are in some way codified by other sources. But they would be wholly inappropriate for government to get involved in. I was considering whether dress and grooming would fit in that category. If so, is that a good thing? It seems that our pop culture is using Hollywood and commercial marketing as the method of codifying things like that. It seems to be effective. But is that a good thing? The reason why it even matters: When we dress and groom, it sends a message to people around us. How we dress says whether we have confidence -- just as much as how we square our shoulders or slouch or... We naturally have physiological reactions that govern how we hold our bodies. So, there isn't much need for codifying such a thing. It is a natural biological reaction. But dress and grooming? Not so much. We dress in certain ways to send messages that we are strong, weak, happy, depressed, playful, stressed, disciplined, etc. The care with which we take in our dress & grooming also says that we care about how we associate with others. Perhaps this is cross-over with the "presence" thread I had a short while back. I intend this thread to be more about dress and grooming than about physical beauty. But I expect that we will probably drift into the physical beauty aspect as well. I want to state right now that "dress & grooming" is separate from "physical beauty." Dress & grooming is much more subjective and fluid than physical beauty. While physical beauty always has a subjective component, it tends to be a lot more objective and consistent than we give it credit for. Only through tremendous propaganda can this needle be moved. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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