Dressing for the Culture Wars: Style and the Politics of by Betty Luther Hillman

By Betty Luther Hillman

Style of costume has regularly been a fashion for american citizens to suggest their politics, yet probably by no means so openly as within the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. even if partaking in presidential campaigns or Vietnam protests, hair and get dressed supplied a strong cultural software for social activists to demonstrate their politics to the area and have become either the reason and an emblem of the rift in American tradition. a few americans observed stylistic freedom as a part of their higher political protests, indispensable to the beliefs of self-expression, sexual freedom, and equivalent rights for ladies and minorities. Others observed adjustments widespread because the erosion of culture and a danger to the proven social and gender norms on the middle of family members and nation.

Through the lens of favor and magnificence, Dressing for the tradition Wars publications us in the course of the competing political and social activities of the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. even supposing lengthy hair on males, pants and miniskirts on girls, and different hippie varieties of self-fashioning may certainly be arguable, Betty Luther Hillman illustrates how self-presentation inspired the tradition and politics of the period and carried connotations equally associated with the wider political demanding situations of the time. Luther Hillman’s new line of inquiry demonstrates how style used to be either a response to and was once motivated via the political weather and its implications for altering norms of gender, race, and sexuality.


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46 Beyond the legal question of the civil liberties of minors in a public school setting, these court cases, and the media discussion of high school grooming codes, reflected the broader debates over males’ long hairstyles, pitting the maintenance of social order against ideals of freedom of expression. Defenders of school regulations preached the necessity of maintaining order in a school setting.  . It is a tough enough job now to get a couple of dozen adolescents to pay strict attention to class work.

0 Colorful and intricate fashions for men, thus, might have been imagined as a return to a more “natural” masculinity symbolized by the plumage of male animals in the wild. Clever marketing also made it possible for men to purchase these products without feeling they were risking their masculinity. ¹²² Despite the claims of designers and advertisers that these new styles for men were not effeminate, many commentators were still “ YOU CAN ’ T TELL THE GIRLS FROM THE BOYS ” 23 uncomfortable with them.

Others complained that long hairstyles on boys violated gender norms. ²4 A 1965 Gallup poll on the issue of hair length found “overwhelming opposition to the long hair styles” among its respondents. “If my son wore his hair like that, I’d make him wear a skirt until he got it cut,” said one individual. ”²5 Negative comments about long hair on teenage men revealed a number of concerns. One was the concept that men were supposed to look different from women and that males adopting a longer hairstyle closer to that of females were deviating from masculinity by implicitly calling into question this supposedly inherent gender difference.

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