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I Was Window Shopping and Saw Myself Everywhere
As a kid I thought it was important to know everything new - cars, music, clothes, and slang. Here are examples.
During the 60s there were some blouses called Poor Boys that were the newest thing. My 3 three sisters each had one. One day when my friends were over I “accidentally” knocked the Poor Boys off their hangers. My friends were in awe and I felt great and complete that we had them.
There were many times when I could not have the newest thing, feeling incomplete. One day my mom’s friend came over with her daughter after having gone shopping. This girl was wearing a new outfit that was “Twiggy”-ish, and the ensemble included shoes with a square toe – all the rage then. But what made me feel incomplete was when she placed her feet in a “pigeon-toed” stance – the toes of her shoes touching while her heels were spread apart. That was the stance that the fashion models did at the time. I couldn’t believe that this girl was giving us the latest fashion and the correct stance while wearing it! She was so complete and I wanted to feel the same way.
This need to have the newest things to feel complete was created by the media – television, radio, magazines, billboards. This continued into my teens – always with the latest pants, shirts, shoes; the latest hair style; driving the hippest car; speaking the latest slang. That takes a lot of work to maintain.
Then I found liberation.
In 1977 Punk Rock music hit the world! This new sound told us that we did not need to wear the clothes, buy the records, nor speak the latest slang which connected us to all of those things. We could now wear what we wanted, listen to what we wanted, and we could make our own music, literature and art without the approval of a conglomerate.
I Was Window Shopping and Saw Myself Everywhere shows that we continue to be told that this is what we need to feel complete. These images show the ridiculousness and horror we go through to attain these perfect images of what we are supposed to be.
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