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Tell me how you dress I'll tell you who you are.

19 December 2021, Aiiman
Tell me how you dress I'll tell you who you are.

For a long time, man, given his desire for modernity, has not stopped evolving, even in the way he dresses. Clothing then took an important place in his life. It protects it from the climate, against the gaze of others. It positions it in society. At one level, it symbolizes power; marks the social rank. Indeed, each age has known its clothing, from the Middle Ages through the nineteenth century (the time of the clothing revolution with the birth of the first stores) and the twentieth (which symbolizes the liberation of the body).

This sartorial freedom the present century finds itself trapped and pays the price for the consequences of these multiple inventions. Men and women dress in different ways. They no longer dress in order to respect others: the trend, for the most part, has changed. We dress to seduce, to provoke. Then the garment which protected modesty is profaned. He is no longer respected; it is devoid of its meaning. The human body is also desecrated, desecrated.

Clothing becomes an instrument, a means of decorating oneself, of asserting oneself sexually, of assaulting because of a feeling of insufficiency, a lack of acceptance of one's body and its worth; it becomes an asset, an advantage in gaining fame, whether good or bad. It becomes in the long run a weapon to conquer, to humiliate and to shock. These are acts that everyone's daily experience has seen in the streets, public and religious places. Let’s not even talk about the bars, nightclubs and those indecent places that decency and education cannot name.

And the target of this phenomenon or, let's say it, of this scourge happens to be the youth who, because of television, fashion magazines, the Internet, music and films, fall under the yoke of the influence of cultures and behaviors imitated and copied elsewhere. Indeed, the behavior and reaction of young people in one country are seen by other young people in other countries as role models. It is that the “modern” man is trapped in fashion. The latter took him as a prisoner to such an extent that the man, lying under the stretcher of disillusion and the gearing of his productions, can no longer control his desires and his pleasures, his desires and impulses to the point of fall into blindness, slipping under the quicksand of vice and no longer resisting the storms and whirlwinds of evil.

But what then is fashion?

From Latin "modus" and English "fashion", it means "measure, manner". It can be defined as collective tastes; fleeting ways of living, of thinking, specific to an era, a country, an environment (see Le Robert). It also designates the dissemination of an object, of an ephemeral use. According to Monique Jouet-Pinon, it is “fantasy and arbitrary.” It reveals to man his “smallness and insignificance.” Compared to an unfaithful woman, by constantly changing and contradicting herself, fashion manifests “unconscious and sexual impulses.” It seeks to attract by originality, the unheard of and thus pushes man into extravagant, shameless and even ignominious creations and inventions.

We thus see clothes appear that decency, education and dignity cannot accept or tolerate: lingerie, tight tights, and skirts with oversized slits, transparent and provocative clothes, and perforated jeans. In addition, there is the fashion for buttocks half covered by big pants falling on the ankles, big relaxed shoes all accompanied by unadvised look. This way of dressing is sometimes advocated by young people who are unaware not only of its origin, its meaning even less its consequences.

Being a reaction to the discomfort of young black Americans, the phenomenon has crossed countries to become a style. The origin of these pants flush with the buttocks is typical of American prison life where the belt like the lace is prohibited: they are seen as a weapon of suicide or assassination. Wearing pants without a belt then becomes a habit even after prison life. The world of rap, hip-hop will adapt it as a style. But even more, these behaviors, habits and ways of dressing will give rise to aggressive behaviors for those who adopt it; they drive them to insults, theft, rape and whatnot. Others even go so far as to integrate the world of drugs and gangsters; some go as far as cross-dressing.

Even the young African fell into this mirage. Where does this inspiration come from as a blind imitator? Does the habit continue to make the African?

The garment, the dress must be a mirror to mark its difference and its diversity without shocking the conveniences. It must mark and reflect our personality, our inner being. It must arouse respect in others, attention, consideration. Young people seem to forget that they will be future mothers and future fathers. She forgets that she has to start a family that she has to manage responsibilities. She must not follow the paths once taken by the ancestors of ease, hatred, violence, war and even those carnal and sexual desires that only the bad can advise. Youth must fear God; she must put her trust and faith in Him in order to turn away from evil. The youth must review the education received, examine their conscience to see what is wrong. In each young person, God has put a potential, a unique and special gift! Why then waste it in inspirations and bad habits which neither honor nor grow the human person?
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