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10-04-2006, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Fido22 View Post
Societal norms are very complex and in fairly constant flux. This doesn't mean that they are not fairly well defined (except on what exactly constitutes the outter edges) and understood by the people comprising that society. These of course will differ from one "society" to the next. A burca was very strongly in the norm for women in Talieban Afghanistan, mini skirts not. Jeans are pretty much in the norm for a male saturday shopping at McPhee's local grocer, cocktail dresses not. It's not an "objective" reality. If everybody in north america dressed like Ribs, he would be in the norm. There is nothing "good" or "bad" about the dress in of itself (for crying out loud, we find hanging metals and plastics from the ears of women quite "normal" and putting a knotted lenghty piece of frabric around a mans neck quite "well dressed"). It's the value and imagerie that the surrounding society puts on these that give it meaning. And it does have quite powerfull meaning (people chosing to deviate also know and use this meaning). Same applies to many other types of behavior. Like I said, being wired this way has many pros and cons for humans. It is notheless the way it is.
Not if they're too baggy

Anyways, good post again.

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