to the anon who asked me how i reconcile my “love of fashion” with my Marxist ideology: uh, i guess how i reconcile being interested in any form of art with my Marxist ideology? which is that i don’t? because i find this assumption that refraining from “consumerism” is political totally flat and trite and preposterously liberal. kind of like saying “OH YOU KNOW X IS OWNED BY A CAPITALIST COMPANY, WHY ARE YOU BUYING IT THEN? YOU KNOW MARX’S CAPITAL IS PRODUCED BY X PUBLISHING CORPORATION?” okay, and? exactly what in this society is not owned, patented, privatized, by some corporation?
please point me to where i said that dressing oneself in D&G couture is a political statement? and in what world is “liking” the same as owning, exploiting and hoarding? my “liking” expensive things is not harming anyone, especially since i think their being expensive is contingent on the society we live in. most people, as well as myself, cannot buy expensive high couture fashion. but i certainly can appreciate the aesthetics.
like, unless you think fashion/the aesthetics of self-presentation is ontologically a bourgeois thing and working people and poorer people shouldn’t covet after it, like if you’re one of those annoying protestant-inspired purist people who self-flagellate about material goods on earth, i don’t see how the question is relevant. Marxism is all about this life and making it beautiful. James Baldwin says to love the body, to love the corporeal envelope in which we experience everything, i agree and think that tending to this envelope is definitely something we should make accessible to everyone. do i think this is the top priority on earth? haha no, but then you’re the one asking me how i “reconcile” the two.
so please tell me, why is fashion any different than any other industry currently not accessible to most people on earth? is buying ugly clothes as opposed to pretty clothes (which you can thrift for cheap, btw) more of a statement? are you buying your ugly clothes from the socialist store? i think it is a laughable feat to attempt to politicize any fashion choices you make in a capitalist society. kinda like those liberals who think “going green” is saving the earth.
do you mistake liking the aesthetics of self-presentation with an endorsement of capitalists and entrepreneurs? hardly any millionaire designers actually make their own clothes or sit down and sketch out ensembles and clothe combinations. do you know how much surplus value goes into the production of Fall/Winter & Summer/Spring collections? is that work not real work to you? how do you reconcile using treatments and medicine based on research of the human genome which has been patented by a venture capitalist with your Marxist beliefs? i mean… i guess you have to be really dense, daft, annoying, and ostensibly totally clueless about Marxism, to conflate the value working people produce, the wealth, with capitalists, simply because capitalists own the rights to this wealth. the wealth is everyone’s. fashion can be everyone’s once everyone can afford it.