Do you know what a RompHim is? They’ve been in the news a lot this week, and basically they’re male version of female rompers. They’ve been a target of ridicule all over the internet, and comedy. Memes telling people what’s wrong with them if they wear rompers. For comedians I get it, they make fun of everything, and this is something, but memes and shitty comments from people don’t impact in the same way.
The problem isn’t guys wearing rompers, the problem is that we as a society are so fucking stuck on the ‘shoulds’. If you’re a man you should look like this, and you should act like this.
I guess this is becoming an increasing theme in my posts, but seriously is it too much for people to think a little before they object to something? Ask the basic questions: Does this affect me? If so, how? If not, why do I give a shit? Is there a larger societal issue? If you can’t answer those questions then stop fucking talking about it.
When I was in high school, I went to a catholic school, where it was specifically against our dress code to have facial hair. Most of us young men who wanted to grow facial hair (or more likely not shave from laziness) argued that Jesus had facial hair, and asked what the problem was. The truth is there isn’t a fucking problem, it’s just people want to control you, and getting you to conform is the easiest way of doing that.
Many jobs in this country are tied to looks. Many jobs don’t want you to have visible tattoos or piercings or ‘funky’ hair styles/colors. If this were specifically for people who were interacting with customers everyday, I would say that there might be some reasonable argument to be made, but why in office jobs? Is someone without tattoos less likely to be good at typing or math?
The truth is that people start to infer a moral code (or lack there-of) to people of differing aesthetic. You see someone with a tattoo up their neck and you may automatically assume that there is something ‘lesser’ to that person. The truth is, you could have a very nice tattoo that is meaningful, and positive in a place where it will be visible during the work day and not get a job because of that, but I could have a tattoo of satan riding a swastika dragon made of penises on my lower back and you would never know about it! (I don’t by the way, I keep that tattoo where it belongs— on my chest.)
I’m not saying you can’t dislike the RompHims— personally, I think they look silly, but I think lots of fashion trends look silly— but if you don’t like them don’t wear them. Or if you’re a woman, if you don’t like them, don’t date someone who wears them. Other than on the internet I have yet to see anyone wearing one, so I think you still have plenty of choices, and if the fad catches on, we’ll get more used to it.
We’ve had plenty of weird fashion trends throughout the ages, and this is just another. Is it any worse than curly white powdered wigs? At least these look comfortable for the summer.