28 February 2003
"We Don't Have Fashion"
What is it with teens and their crazy fashion trends? Why must they attract so much attention to themselves? Do they know how stupid they look?" Lastly, I sometimes ponder, "Why God? Why?" These are a few questions that were going to be answered in a recent essay that I was reading. As I read through the rest of the essay, none of these questions were really being cleared up, but rather more stereotypes were being heaped onto the pile of what used to be Youth. Once I reached the conclusion of the paper, no questions had been answered and the author had officially painted himself ignorant. Though I do not know what the author was trying to accomplish, I am going shed a little light on "teenagers" and their fashion choices. Since there is a rather large spectrum of teenage fashion, from formal to histrionic, I am going to talk about one extreme, "fashion" of the "rave culture," (the lifestyle of youth that attend "raves").
There are five major classes of youth, grouped not by how much money they make, how nice their car or house is, or their social status, but simply by what they wear to a "rave."
The first group has been labeled as "Candy Ravers." The classic representation of a person in this category is a female, with short hair, that's usually in barrettes or pigtails; She is usually carrying around stuffed animals, and is often found sucking on a lollipop or pacifier. She will put body glitter wherever she feels and more often than not will have
stickers on each cheek. "Candy Ravers" sport/wear a shirt with a childhood hero such as My Little Pony, Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, etc.