Each month, a whole bunch of us answer a question. It's a game called Question of the Month. It's pretty simple, you should join in.
I realised this morning that a great question for this month would have been "What do you want for Christmas?" But I've never been good at being topical. So instead, the question is this:
"Which one social convention would you get rid of?"
You know, those things that society tells you you have to do that you just don't think you should? If you had the power to change one of those things, what would it be?
Ever since I hit puberty, I've hated wearing suits, business-shirts and ties. As in properly hated it. Whenever I'm in a button-up shirt, I feel suffocated, defeated, depressed, like I'm trying to be someone I'm not. I feel like I'm trying to fit in with a group of people whose respect for you is affected by the price of the clothes you're wearing.
Everyone's always disappointed when I try to turn up to a wedding or a 21st in my normal clothes and I've never understood that. If I'm there to celebrate a milestone with a friend, what does it matter what I wear?
In job interviews, you get an instant fail if you turn up in anything other than a button-up shirt. That's so sad! What I wear has no bearing on how well I'll do at a job. Why should I wear something that makes me uncomfortable and self-conscious?
The standard response I get to that question is something along the lines of "It shows you care about your presentation," "Don't you want to take pride in your appearance?" or "You have to make an effort for the people you care about." Those people won't accept that I look so much better in jeans and a (generally white) t-shirt.
Which guy would you rather associate with? This ugly loser...
Or this confident young stud?
Some people insist that a suit is more respectable and that anyone wearing one should be taken more seriously. Whether they acknowledge it or not, that's how they feel. I think it's disgusting and they should change immediately.
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