Fashion as a Social Construct
In a discussion about Piercy’s He, She, and It, social constructs came to the surface of the conversation. The conversation had begun with Yod being unnatural, then argued that so much of what is considered natural in our lives today is actually, literally unnatural, or forced. We can refer to this as technology — from a pirate’s wooden leg to a bluetooth headset used at work — either physically attached to us or not. The conversation then led to the concept of evolution and how it contributes to the conversion of once unnatural objects becoming natural in our lives. Social construct then came into the discussion as an explanation for these objects evolving from unnatural to natural in our lives.
One social construct, brought up only briefly, was fashion. I immediately thought of a song written by Jon Bellion called “Fashion.” In this song, Bellion describes our (society’s) need for fashion — fashion as material things we own, wear, drive, what-have-you. He doesn’t necessarily glorify nor criticize our need for fashion; he explains it as part of our human condition.
Fashion is a social construct that maybe hasn’t always been around, but through the evolution of our existence, we have placed more and more importance on things, and once we delve into it, we only want more, only want to go bigger. Whether or not we can say this is a good thing, that’s a debate of its own; the point Jon Bellion tries to make in his song, I believe, is that fashion has become a powerful aspect in our society.
Piercy, Marge. He, She, and It. N.p.: Ballantine, 1991. Print.
Bellion, Jon. Fashion. Jon Bellion. Stephen Moccio, n.d. Youtube. Web.