Sasha Bonilla

Material Goods

Earlier in the week I was reading chapter two of our textbook and came across the section that defined material goods. This section really got my gears going and made me think how the clothing we wear heavily influences our lives and what people think of us. Clothing can be representative of our culture, our religion, conformity to a group, or just our personal expression, but for some reason there is also a norm to what clothing is acceptable depending on the situation/location. As a consumerist society, I believe our values are shifted more towards materialistic things. Why is it that how we dress matters so much to others? And when did certain norms or rules start to apply to clothing? Do you think that this emphasis on clothing/materialism and the prejudgement that comes along with it acts as a barrier to getting to know people?

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  1. I feel that the way we dress matters so much to others because our society as well as other western societies made it that way. You can tell a lot about a person based on the way they dress and it is often a tool used to judge a person. It also serves as a divider and a way to stereotype based on race and social class. Although nowadays its often much harder to determine social class based on the way someone is dressed due to the accessibility and diversity of todays fashion. I think norms and rules have always been tied to clothing because societies have always given them meaning. An example of this would be the labeling of female clothing. My high school dress code is a good example of this because it had a long list of items that girls couldn’t wear to school because it was deemed “distracting” and “inappropriate” . By banning items such as leggings and yoga pants, you give new meaning to two articles of clothing that are relatively innocent. I do think today emphasis on clothing and materialism as well as prejudgment does in fact act as a barrier to get to know others. We generally gravitate to people who look like or dress like us because we see it as a reflection of ourselves and probably our ideals and in some cases race and social class.

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