Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Why, Irish Times, why? On fashion and related fripperies

Yesterday I received a comment by a young chap named Ronan* asking the above question in relation to this post on earworms. Though he may have been referring to my somewhat questionable music taste, it was the tone that struck …

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Tue, Jan 24, 2012, 09:30

   

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Yesterday I received a comment by a young chap named Ronan* asking the above question in relation to this post on earworms. Though he may have been referring to my somewhat questionable music taste, it was the tone that struck me – the kind of “Lord, haven’t you got anything better to talk about?” thinking that pervades a lot of men’s – and women’s – thinking on fashion and what they may deem the “frothier” parts of life.

It’s not a unique attitude; nor is it rare, and it’s something that baffles me more than I know quite how to express. Fashion is – and here is the first of many generalisations you are likely to hear today – at its most basic, a hobby. It’s a hobby that is enjoyed – and here’s another – in the main by women, and it is no small coincidence that it is a hobby that is derided, demeaned and belittled. I don’t see, for example, the guys on the motors blog having to defend their “hobby” to people who say things like “why, Irish Times, why?” or “do you even know there’s a recession?” or “honestly, have you nothing else to worry about?” and so on (and so forth).

On a business note, fashion is a multi-million euro industry employing thousands of people here and abroad, providing jobs, generating revenue for governments and countries and individuals – some, granted, more than others – and one that, whether it interests you or not, definitely matters. And that’s not even getting into the philosophical aspects of what fashion means to us as humans.

I could recommend a long reading list but, really, I feel that the naysayers should do their own research. So, from now on, I won’t be moderating any comments that accuse me of being vacuous merely for liking fashion. (If you’re accusing me of being vacuous for liking Hart of Dixie, on the other hand, I’m sure I’ll cope.)

* Folks, don’t hate Ronan for asking the question. I’m sure young Ronan is an upstanding chap with his heart in the right place and excellent taste in Irish fashion blogs.