1st November 2006 | Uncompleted
religion, privacy, modesty and security
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argued the point at somewhat greater length in a more general piece
Politicization of Evidence in the Plastic Turkey Era
al-Qaida, Saddam, Assassination and the Hijab
at this pointhttps://www.laetusinpraesens.org/docs00s/plastic.php#d
I like the complementarity of hijab (eyes free) and sunglasses
(anything else exposed) and the play on separation and cleavage.
As to the ancient dieties, I also like the fact that there is actually
a potentially serious legal issue with the official recognition by
modern Greece of ancient religions (see http://homepage.mac.com/dodecatheon/ and
-- the question is
whether a Hermes scarf is a symbol of the religion, or taking the name
of a deity in vain!
What fun if the name of every deity has been used on branded apparel.
If I was Hermes, etc I could be a bit worried. Ever see John Cleese in
the Man Who Sued God? And what about all the pagan religious symbols
people wear? Maybe the neopagans could have a class action suit.
Such a shame that European women did not put on a hijab in mass
protest -- maybe the Muslims should hand them out as a dare. In the
same class as nude sit-ins and the Danes wearing the Star of David in
protest against the Nazis
Deities and branding
Match database of deities against branded products
Apologies for getting carried away -- I once had the opportunity to
let off steam in a commssioned article on Liberating Provocations: use
of negative and paradoxical strategies (https://www.laetusinpraesens.org/musings/provoc.php).
The editor was
Many are familiar with the living hell which famous people experience in trying
to avoid recognition in public, especially by paparazzi. For those exposed
to the press as witnesses, or accused in a trial in which they may be proven
innocent, the same challenge exists. And not to be forgotten are the shy, or
those with facial disfigurements which attract unwelcome comment. In some contexts,
this may simply be people of different ethnic groups. And with the increase
in electronic surveillance in public places, many may want ways to move around
in public with a sense of privacy.
This suggestion is for those who genuinely wish not to be recognized. Disguising
the face in public has been the subject of attention in times past, from veils
to ceremonial masks, and including the helmets worn for protection in hand-to-hand
combat by warriors -- or the balaclava masks worn by special forces (and terrorists).
In modern society it tends to be only those driving potentially dangerous vehicles
that use such devices, as is the case with motor cycle riders. But high tech
cops also make use of the silvered variety, partially to intimidate. In many
cultures, veils are still worn -- usually by women (as in Islamic cultures)
but in some cases by men (Touaregs).
But aside from these examples, those who claim real need do not have access
to any suitable device, other than chic dark glasses. Prisoners may have a
blanket thrown over their head by the police, which is rather primitive and
undignified for the 1990s. What is needed is a convenient piece of headgear,
which would be a hybrid between veil, mask and helmet that could be easily
folded up -- like a veil. It needs to look reasonably fashionable but fairly
anonymous -- like dark glasses. Some variants need to be resistant to being
brushed aside -- like a silvered helmet, which has the considerable advantage
of reflecting flashlight back to the photographer and protecting the eyes of
Clearly such headgear could be developed both by the fashion industry -- possibly
as an add-on to hats -- and/or by the safety industry as a very light weight
helmet. But possibly those developing masks for carnivals could also offer
variants -- maybe as coloured clip-ons, as with some fashion spectacles. Islamic
countries might have special advantages given the particular needs of their
women. Maybe the Australian bobbing-cork anti-fly hats could offer some inspiration.
High tech freaks could explore battery powered variants with flashing lights
and shifting moire patterns!
Such devices could initially have an image problem that the fashion industry
could quickly deal with -- since there are tremendous market opportunities.
What is needed is a good name to launch the innovation. It is a pity that Princess
Diana, possibly a prime beneficiary, could not have lent her persona to the
device -- which might have been named after her (except she never went in for
silvered window cars).
But for starters "apaparazzi mask" might do. But maybe "veil
of discretion". Or perhaps "Medusa mask"? It will be interesting
to observe the motives for opposing such an innovation, especially by those
in the security world -- and by those who only like to complain that they are
pestered by the paparazzi, but actually live for that attention!
Nuns in mask
Masked religious celbrants
Appropriation by religion
- Allah underwear and shoes?
- Jesus trainers
can we create a religioon and then choose products as symbols which others
are then not freee to wear -- pre-emptive ensymbolment (as with patenting)
how recognized does a religion have to be before
- others cannot wear what it
defines as symbols
- adherents cannot wear those symbols as a mark of their religion
Separation and togetherness
clothing as a factor of separation
- Ties -- Greening of America
- suit as a "mask"
- Sunglasses -- Ray Bans
- Tie vs cleavage
different kindsof distance -- proxemics -- touching (or its absence) by culture
chat rooms, avatars
like skin colour -- except clothing
how much make-up constitutes a mask
masked ball -- Venice
Star of David -- Muslim handouts
incvremental closeness with cleavage -- cleave to me
bureaucrats on telephone -- masking
parliamentary candidates campaigning in the nude -- job interviews, debates
masking of justice
- bureaucrats avoid recrimination