Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Normal vs Abnormal...

I saw this funny couple in the LRT today. It not that they were a funny duet, but the balance in power of the existing patriachal societal systems are now being blurred.

Well, not that we should judge by looks alone, but it is indeed something that destabalised me a bit. The couple walked into the train hand in hand. At first sight, the girl was dressed in high-powered business clothes, and had accessories that puts her as a young executive earning probably around RM2.8K a month. Probably more. Her boy was in a more hip-hop mood, I should say; Ski cap, t-shirt, rough slacks and boots. Y'know, the rapper wannabe kind of clothes...

Well, the imbalance in fashion was striking! Super casual vs. Super Executive. And they were practically (almost) making out in the train. Talk about destabalising fashion, and attracting more attention to themselves.

Put me on as a Chauvanistic Pig, but there's this thing that's so destabling about this. Outwardly, she is potentially earning more than her boyfriend. For me, I would have none of it! Even if I did earn less than my girlfriend, I would not degrade her as such. If she's dressed up, I would also dress up to 'suit' her (at least a bit). If were the guy, I would almost certainly dress a little more better than the girl.

Let's talk about two stereotypes here. The girl displays herself as a well brought person, properly groomed, has an air of confidence in her, and would probably make it big in the harsh corporate lands of the metropolis.

The guy however, dressed as if he was a bummer, doing nothing significant with his life. Like he was eating off the crumbs that fell from the girl's table, while assuring her that he will one day get his big break with a major recording label, or turn famous over night when he wins the hip-hop dance championships.

Well, the only benefit of a doubt that I can throw the couple was that the guy was some artist that's earning loads and loads of money in royalty fees or something like that.

Well, that's a bit of real life story for you. Not that there's any necessary truth in my observations above...

But it made me realise ~ When we watch tv, we would like to go for the 'abnormal'. But when we get the same act in real life, we tend to react to it like we've just swallowed a bitter substance.

Maybe it's the lack of background music from the speakers that has set the wrong tone for me.


Blogger theGodlyLawyer said...

Well, may be the executive lady 'tired' of her executive look and that's why she looks for the casual look guy... to 'balance' herself up. :) anyway... !!!

December 13, 2005 11:38 am  
Blogger BeaWuzHere said...

or mayb the girl's just a college student who had a presentation that day....so had to dress formal XP

December 13, 2005 7:21 pm  

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