Elaine Meinel Supkis
Elaine Meinel Supkis
Throughout history, despots and rulers express themselves by wearing dominating fashions. These clothes tend to be very uncomfortable since they are basicall armor. Evidently our fashion designers sense the wealthy elites need body armor again. The very rich don't wear armor-like clothes, they instead use armored vehicles and private jets to encase themselves in a steel bubble.
By Robin Givhan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 4, 2006; Page C01
PARIS, Oct. 3 At Tuesday morning's runway presentation by Balenciaga, the models balanced atop platform heels that seemed to be composed of layers of shiny cogs and widgets. They wore breastplates of loosely looped bands of wool, and cropped blazers that looked almost like wings. Leggings were constructed with articulated joints, rivets and metallic patches. The models -- stoical behind clear safety glasses -- were exquisite cyborgs: daring, superhuman, beyond compare.
Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere's collection was the most compelling presentation since the spring showings began unfolding last month in New York. As his models moved briskly and confidently through the room, they sparked the desire that fuels luxury high design. For a moment, suspended in the vacuum of a dark gray loft on this city's Left Bank, one wanted to look just like those models: women as all-conquering machines.
The 'civilized' (sic) world has been undergoing a rash of fearful events. This season's events seems to feature freaked out frustrated males attacking young girls and boys. It all began with the resurrection of the horrible child beauty queen murder. The whole country shut down in order to obsess over this hideous pornographic story complete with tittillating photos and drooling descriptions of a child molester arrested in Asia claiming falsely that he was her murderer.
By Tamara Jones and Joshua PartlowThe escape of a kidnapped child who was now an adult in Austria fueled these Freudian fires. Then various males were set into motion to create these crimes as one mass killer after another have assaulted our school girls, raping and shooting them, lusting for scenes of sadomasochistic torture inflicted on child beauty queens.
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, October 4, 2006; 7:42 AM
BART TOWNSHIP, Pa., Oct. 4 -- Haunted by an ugly secret he claimed to have kept since childhood and recurring dreams of molesting young girls, Charles C. Roberts IV clearly "planned to dig in for the long siege" and torment his young victims in an Amish schoolhouse before executing them and killing himself, investigators said Tuesday.
Five suicide notes the 32-year-old gunman left behind also describe his anguish over the loss of a premature baby nine years ago, police said, and a checklist found in his milk truck offered a sordid blueprint for the mayhem that left five girls dead and five more fighting for life after Roberts stormed into their classroom Monday morning.
As a survivor of this sort of mayhem, this freaks me out a lot. The desire to rape innocent girls is a frightful one running in tandem with the desire to dominate young men sexually. So we have the entire GOPredators going down in flames now over their joint desire to dominate innocent children.
The ruling elites don't mind sexual mayhem so long as it comes from themselves but they do want the proles under control. The very lower classes don't matter, sex keeps them satiated and disorganized. But the upperclasses need the bourgeoises under control so they can do their jobs and sex interfers with this.
Over the centuries, fashion has vacillated between the Dionysian and the Apolloian. Namely, sexy and free and armored and restrained. Right now, we see the ruling elites wanting to don armor while still being totally free, sexually.
This armor-plated Dionysian riot is at the roots of the war of the Crusaders vs Islam. Islam's armor plate is to lock women up and veil them totally while the men run riot while the Crusaders want to do the same for the lower classes but want the women have enough political power to want to run riot upstairs.
This happened in the 1600s. Namely, women became startlingly free but were still vulnerable. So they put on 'body armor' that, unlike the soft, comfortable fashions of the Middle Ages, was constrictive and yet overwhelming, the skirts taking up huge psychic space, the bodice emphisizing the feminine shape while bristling with bustles and lace, untouchable yet powerful.
The severe fashions of the Spanish court under Philip II of Spain were dominant through the early part of the period everywhere except France; black garments were worn for the most formal occasions. Regional styles were still distinct. Janet Arnold in her analysis of Queen Elizabeth's wardrobe records identifies French, Italian, Dutch, and Polish styles for bodices and sleeves, as well as Spanish.
Ruffs increased in size throughout the period and then began to disappear everywhere except Holland, where they remained in fashion well into the next century.
The Spanish fashions which were designed to control women's sexuality ended up giving her more power, paradoxically. The finest example of this power was embodied quite literally by Queen Elizabeth who used fashion as a diplomatic and social weapon system. This is why she gave her wardrobe great thought. The point was to make her imposing as well as a blaze of glory.
Today, fashion designers can't look at women as truly powerful but rather, they despise feminine sexuality and can only see it as an amputation job, trying to rid themselves of all things female and replace it with ersatz masculinity. Rich women can toy with the concept of being machine-women so long as they are hidden from exposure to crazed males seeking to destroy them using guns and bombs.
Many years ago, women joggers in Central Park were being assaulted and raped. Everyone was getting very nervous about this. During this time, I was one of the very few women in the Society for Creative Anacronisms, a Medieval recreationist group, who actually fought men while I was wearing full steel armor.
We decided to give a demonstration of our game in Central Park. At one point, I had to trot off to my van to pick up some equipment. So in full steel armor, I ran down the jogging trails to Park Avenue. Everyone stopped and stared. I yelled, 'This is the latest in jogging fashions!' and people laughed and applauded.
Needless to say, with or without armor, I was a very dangerous person to attack in the park. Once, after a demo, I was driving through lower Manhattan with my equipment when I saw an assault on the street. A baseball bat wielding man had hit a couple with a baby! I jumped out of the van, took my rattan sword which has a steel cage hilt and ran up the the man with the bat and struck his bat and thus, disarmed him. He ran away.
Women wearing real armor is quite different from fake armor. The women putting on this designer stuff want men to fear them and lust for them. They hope their bodyguards and steel SUVs will protect them from sexual assault and thus, they will be in full control, all Whores of Babylon without responsibility.
This is an illusion. As we see in Iraq, these armored vehicles and armed men are very vulnerable. As we all are which is why we should be cultivating civilization and not barbarism. We must understand our own inner demons and why we want to sexually provoke people while at the same time preventing them from acting out their sexual insanities. Across Iraq and Afghanistan, women are pulling over themselves the frail cloth of veils in the hopes the angry eyes of sexually disturbed males will find them invisible.
And so Adam and Eve struggle to cover up their nakedness but fail. No veil can stop the men seeking deadly domination. Nor can armorplated fashions. What has to change is upstairs, in the brain.