Sassy B’s Tips for Teens: Volume 1
Welcome to the initial installment of an ongoing series examining the youth culture.
Tips for Teens is intended as an informative guide to aid both teens and young adults in their quest for acceptance and identity by identiying and critiquing the dizzying array of social conventions presented by popular youth culture.
Volume 1: Clothing
Possibly the most important aspect of a youth’s self-image is derived from their choice of clothing and attire. These garments allow a stranger, at-a-glance, to determine the teen’s position socially, giving clues to musical preferences, sexuality, even intelligence. I have broken up the discussion by gender.
Young women approaching adulthood are often faced with stresses and pressures that their counterpart males don’t face, namely that of being regarded as sexual object. While many young women maintain their sexuality as a private part of their lives, many others choose to express their sexual nature as much as possible. These young women are know as hoochies, hoes, sluts, skanks, or skeezas. Interestingly, the styles once strictly the domain of these less-principled woman have completely infiltrated the mass culture.
Simply put, this year has marked a distinct trend toward young women dressing in the trashiest possible way. College-age girls, outside of the supervision of their parents, tend to make fashion choices which may be regarded as “unwholesome”. Popular this year:
- “Low-rise” jeans (hip-huggers): Popular since the late 60′s, hip-hugger jeans have plunged to barely above the mons pubis, drawing attention to the stomach and midriff. These skin-tight pants have reached practical ubiquity due to aggressive marketing campaigns from clothing manufacturers and the success of 70′s revivalist film and television.TIP FOR TEENS: Many young women don’t realize: I don’t want to see your fat stomach hanging out over the top of your jeans. Even the slimmest girl looks like an ice cream cone in these things.
- T-shirts with sexually charged slogans: Typically these baby-doll shirts are inscribed with phrases such as Goddess, Princess, or Love.Since the text is written directly accross the breasts, this further draws attention to the girl’s body, creating an association between the phrase on the shirt and the female’s sexuality.TIP FOR TEENS: You may consider yourself a “Goddess”, but every guy who walks past, staring at your boobs considers you “meat”.
- Studded belts, kercheifs, granny glasses, and all-black attire: The revival of bubblegum pop in our culture has displaced the resurgence of punk that dominated 1995-2000. However, many girls have retained some of these “rebellious accessories”. A studded belt, bandana, or all-black oufit signifies “I’m different, I’m an individual, I’m a rebel.”TIP FOR TEENS: You have never rebelled against anything in your life, and probably have no idea what it means to be different or treated as such. Hot Topic sold 500,000 studded belts last year. Trust me, If you knew what punk was, you wouldn’t want to have anything to do with it.
That about wraps up volume 1. Coming up next, we’ll take a look at the guys, and see how the male youth expresses himself through clothing.
I think your offically an old man! I guess you will have plenty of free time to be checking out Ho’s and commenting on them when you are unemployed!!!! suck on my right lemon farmface!
hey, if you don’t like it, go ahead and read asunder press or something…
Asunder Press!!! HA! Id rather reconfigure my PCMCIA card settings so that It will fucking read the godman network card!!!!!! hsoh:ldhladhldalaDJALD~!
sounds like you’ve been dicking with a laptop. PCMCIA SUCKS DICK!!!!
Not when I am looking up tranny porn on the train to Guatelhara!
get the hell out of my farm!