We haven’t had a Fashion Friday in a while, and I’m sure not a one of you has missed it! But with all the white talk this week, well, I made me wonder.
And you know what that means!
Yes, I have to post about it.
This all came about when female Democrat legislators and senators wore white “in protest” to President Trump’s recent address to congress. And several of my home town friends chimed in on someone else’s post. A discussion ensued as to what white is, is there such a thing as Winter White, etc.
The argument was a draw, she says she won, but I didn’t lose, so it was a draw. Just sayin’.
But, back to the post…darn those shiny objects!
Let me just say, I’m not a white fan.
White slacks, white skirts, white shorts, white shoes, white walls, white appliances; just don’t like ’em.
White tennis shoes and tennis shorts and white cars do get passes.
Deal with it, it’s part of my crazy.
And of course if we just talk about me, this could go on awhile, so I’ll move on to white.
An achromatic color, e.g. one without a hue, white hits the eyeballs on all cylinders, er sensitive cone cells. All things being equal to the eye, the eye tells your brain you are looking at a white object. It is technically the presence of all colors.
Science, medicine, anatomy – stuff like that.
The white color on television screens and computer monitors is created with the RGB color model by mixing red, green and blue light at equal intensities. I know, I was surprised too!
White is the most common color in nature. Sunlight is actually white, snow, milk, chalk, many minerals, and Caribbean beach sand.
In the Bible white represents purity, and in many cultures it is the color of purity, innocence, goodness, a clean slate – which I find odd since all the slates I’ve seen are black.
Another topic for another day.
Western Cultures associate white with perfection, good, honesty, cleanliness.
But, white has an even longer history.
Egyptian priestesses wore white as a symbol of purity. Of course history tells us many of the temples were quasi-brothels, so I think they were scamming the faithful. Isis was a big fan of white, no, not the terror group or the dog on Downton Abbey, the Egyptian goddess.
In ancient Rome, only citizens could wear white togas. Note to drunken frat boys: CUT.IT.OUT!
In medieval times a white unicorn symbolized chastity (and a that a fair amount of weed had been consumed.) And widows of kings wore white as a mourning color. When alive, the kings of France wore a great deal of white while their queens wore black. Marie Antoinette wore all white to the scaffold, some say because that is all she had left, but ever the fashion icon, maven, and motivator, she wore it as a protest showing the nation she was, though broken and bowed, still the Queen of France…for a few more minutes at least.
History has given us White Russians, those fighting the Bolsheviks, and a really strong alcoholic libation.
White has also been used to symbolize government. Look around, those Capitol buildings may look darker from the interstate, but they are most generally white limestone. Pollution!
Religions like white too. Look at the Pope, the Brahmins, Shinto, and Islam.
Early Christians picked it UP from the Romans due to the purity representation.
There’s more, but I’ll get to the point.
It’s a color. It is obedient to the laws of nature. It has no choice in the matter. It cannot complain when it is used to symbolize something bad or applaud when something good.
In the 20th and 21st Centuries, White has represented many different things.
Sure, sure, the purity thing is there. Bridal gowns, christening gowns, yada, yada, yada.
In Western Culture, Black is the color of mourning. In China, Korea, and other Asian nations, white, or most generally undyed linen is.
The Klan used white at the onset to represent the ghosts of the Confederate dead to scare recently freed slaves and “Carpetbaggers” who’d moved into the South for gain. Today, as then, they wear white hoods because they are cowards.
Iran had a White Revolution beginning in 1963 lead by their ruler, the Shah. His reforms included land reform, enfranchisement of women, literacy initiatives, nationalization of forests and others, all of which would lead to his downfall in the 1970s.
White is associated with peace and passive resistance.
The American and British Suffragettes chose white to represent their cause feeling they were unrecognized and white was pretty hard to miss in a parade. But, back in the day, the Suffragettes were only fighting for votes for white women. In the 1913 parade, held on March 3, the black women were shoved to the end of the line. Women of color would not really get the vote until 1960. Native Americans got it in 1957, and Latinas in 1965.
In WW I, the Great War, protesters pinned white ribbons of cowardice on men who were not in uniform.
The white rose represented a non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany. Which brings us to today.
All the women wearing white where protesting. But for the life of me I’m not sure what. Have we lost any rights? Or is it just that they hate the President, his policies, his programs?
If that’s it, fine. Hate away. It’s glaringly clear he doesn’t care, or doesn’t get it.
But I do, and with me it’s about fashion. White before Palm Sunday and after Labor Day; well, it’s just plain wrong! The only people wearing white before Palm Sunday are brides, and not all of them should!
Political statements be damned, laws of fashion must be obeyed!
OH, and BTW, White Noise is the noise of all frequencies of sound combined. It is used to cover UP unwanted noise.