Why Is Rave Fashion Such a Disaster?

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Matt Oliver
The Rasta Raver

The Rastafari movement rejects materialism, and it seeks a higher spiritual awareness through the use of marijuana.

While for some there's a spirituality to EDM, for many people it revolves around the sensory pleasures of dance-floor thrills.

Wearing Rasta colors while you're dancing to dubstep, then, is ridiculous, and combining it with kandy bracelets is really hard to look at.

Our Advice

If you're going to wear red, green, black and gold, that's fine; just don't combine it with neon pink.


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Frank Corona
Frank Corona

it wasn't stupid and objectionable in the 90s. raver girls had style and were super sexy and they didn't need to look cheap or demean themselves to do it. these posers don't even look the part.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

Wearing a headdress as an Indian is not being insensitive to American Indians. Quite the opposite. They are celebrating that culture. Sexualizing the costume? It is freaking done with EVERY outfit at Halloween. Again, not insensitive, but making the outfit wearer proud to be associated with such a culture.

Is wearing green on St. Patrick's day being insensitive to the Irish?
Is wearing a clown outfit being insensitive to circus performers?
Is wearing a hobo outfit being insensitive to the homeless?
Is wearing a belly dancer outfit being insensitive and sexualizing some traditional Middle Eastern cultures?

STOP with the being overly sensitive crap!

Wearing a KKK outfit is offensive. Dressing as a Nazi is being offensive.

Digi Tal
Digi Tal

Damn right it is. I've got ancestors from three different tribes (including Cherokee tribe chiefs ), and I find their outfits extremely offensive. Get a clue, girls.

Soviette Tank
Soviette Tank

Jnco, Kikwear, Kikgirl, UFO, @Girl, Bug Girl, *home made* - you name it, I had it! ^_____^ Is that sillier than running around in undies? Discuss.

Michael Beckman
Michael Beckman

Certain furs are fine and def fine if u live in mountains whatever. Sure their are wealthy people who show off Their wealth by wearing exotic furs and I don't agree with it and I can't afford Them but I don't post on Facebook judging their Character based on something they wear

Michael Beckman
Michael Beckman

Fur coats and skimpy outfits are kind of different but hey that's ur opinion. They r just kids having fun and making mistakes just like everyone else. It's their form of self expression I just don't think we should judge their character because they wear skimpy outfits to a concert

Chris Frank
Chris Frank

Funny.... If it makes them happy, let them wear it... How do you feel about people who "rock" fur coats? Wearing them make the wearers happy. Yet they get shunned & nobody calls the people mocking them rude.

Michael Beckman
Michael Beckman

Judging people and making rude statements is pretty rude. Who ru to judge anyone? Who ru to say what's a rave an what people should wear? Get off ur high horse. If that makes them happy then let them rock their outfits There isn't a certain outfit that makes u a raver

Chris Frank
Chris Frank

Simple answer: because ravers are a disaster.

enFuego
enFuego

hot skinny young scantily clad girls never get old..NEVER

Michael Beckman
Michael Beckman

Each generation does their own thing. They r having fun. Who cares what someone wears. Self expression. Always going to be posers

Mandy Tomich-Welch
Mandy Tomich-Welch

I still have 3 pairs!!! :) I plan on wearing them again someday..or at least passing them on to my 2 year old daughter some day! :)

James Wright
James Wright

Candy kids! Hose were the good ole days.

Digi Tal
Digi Tal

I miss the days of phat pants and loads of kandi. Those were the "rave outfits" I rocked. These girls need to put some damn clothes on (and quit using my heritage as your latest idea for a skanky rave outfit!)

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

ok...the tongue thing...officially played out. got it? it's over. stop it.

Soviette Tank
Soviette Tank

At least back in my day us girls wore PANTS... rad pants! And we were damned proud of them!

Mandy Tomich-Welch
Mandy Tomich-Welch

The parties these days should never be called Raves. That is the real disaster!

Nick Scydick
Nick Scydick

Hahaha... so silly looking. But I am sure these punk porno outfits are for fun and games, no one can actually think that's a good idea to look like that! Right?

Cappy Sue
Cappy Sue

Because every one is high or intending to be high and once you are high nipple glitter and a dildo skirt seem like great ideas.

yourqueenis
yourqueenis

You sound so racist right now. All of those groups of people u named are not races of people. U know thay, right? So your argument is invalid. You clearly don't know that we're (native americans) still being subliminally oppressed by the country we live in. Needless to say, a non native wearing a native american headdress is a racist as a non black person using blackface. By allowing ravers to think this is ok, we are letting 5OO+ of oppression to a certain race take hand. Also, half naked people, under the influence of God know what while wearing a headdress does not honor us. They are without a doubt insensitive, racist, oppressing, and dusrespectful.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@yourqueenis, there is but one race - the human race. You are confusing cultural ties to race. I'm sorry you feel that everyone should only wearing outfits their great-great-great-great-great-great mother wore. Fashions borrow from all cultures, and some outfits are skimpy. Please do not be a prude and think that showing some skin is offensive. It is beautiful.

If you wish to acknowledge that no American Indian ever wore an outfit like those shown in the photos, then well, you are admitting those outfits are not depicting your culture. you cannot have it both ways. 


As far as being oppressed, I'll admit some people might think lesser of those belonging to some native tribe, but the vast majority of Americans view the original settlers coming over from the Bering Strait as a proud people and something we consider with great respect. 


Wearing a headdress and skimpy costume does not diminish that in anyone's eyes except a few overly sensitive people looking for attention.

yourqueenis
yourqueenis

Headdresses/bonnetts and war paint are as sacred to us as the Pope's crown/hat thing or a Sikh woman's clothe thing she puts over her head. You cannot wear these thing because they are "cute" or "hip" or think they look cool. It feeds into the stereotype & hurts our image. So, please do sone research on this topic & enlighten yourself & others because racism is NOT PLUR.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@yourqueenis, the "blackface" argument is invalid. Black people never used blackface. If we were debating people smearing red paint on their faces, then perhaps your analogy applies. To this discussion, it fails.

You are much too young to state,
"No real native who is close to their roots  would ever make headdresses to sell commercially." You need a time machine. Many, many did. Hardly a reservation without a roadside stand making them and selling them for tourists. I can remember being told stories by older indians wearing headdresses at those stands. So please, do not make statements that you cannot begin to support in the face of a long history.


Warbonnets or dressing up as sailors and soldiers, it is what some do. It is not out of disrespect, but from respect. If you are personally offended, it is because you were taught to be a victim. Stop it. You've been fed this line of bull for so long, you started believing it.


So, you claim this as your right to be offended based on your heritage. I'll claim mine and demand you stop wearing pants, shirts, suits, etc. That is my heritage, especially wearing our "Sunday best." I'm offended when native Americans wear them. It is disrespecting my culture. You are just as clueless. Since that makes no sense, I'm hoping you can see how foolish your argument is. I'm hoping you can see that, but I'm guessing you cannot.

yourqueenis
yourqueenis

@JamesMadison @yourqueenis I'm guessing you're not a minority in the states. If this is the case, you've probably never been discriminated against for this purpose and seeing as you're a man as well. So, you can't tell me i'm being over sensitive until you've been in my/our shoes. Also, i'm not the only over sensitive one about it. I learned to take this as an insult from the native american community. So, most if not all, native americans find this as an insult, whether you mean to insult or not. If you respected and loved black people you wouldn't wear blackface, would you? This is the same case. You can love us, respect us, and follow us without "playing indian". Unless you travelled to Veracraz, Mexico my grandpa didn't give you crap. No real native who is close to their roots  would ever make headdresses to sell commercially. & natives always had wars with other natives. We weren't as united as everyone thought. Personally, to me, this is why the natives in the US & Canada failed to be a majority. lol THANK GAWD there are still 7 million+ people who share the same descendants as me. we were already an advance civilization before Europeans set foot here (Mayans & Aztecs) & if a war bonnet is a symbol of a strong, rewarded soldier, why would you wear that in a scene that promotes peace love and unity? & all of those other cultures aren't ethnicities of people. You can't compare sacred regalia. AND DON'T tell me it's not sacred unless you're a native, too. Because if you aren't, you are just as clueless as everyone else.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@yourqueenis, okay, I skimmed, and what I read was the same old tired "you're mocking my culture" argument. The same applies to all those other cultures I previously named.
 

The fact that 99% of people wearing the outfits have nothing but respect for the native American Indians belies your argument. Oh, but the 99% cause the 1% to behave poorly towards us! Wrong. 1% are always behaving poorly against someone. 


No sane person looks at those images posted here and thinks "oh, I want to kick some Indians off their reservation." and 99% of the insane people do not think so either. 


You are hyper-senstive to the issue because you wish to be offended. Nothing more. Why is it when I traveled your grandparents sold headdresses to tourists? Why was it your forefathers decided to teach the value of their culture. I'm certain you are offended by these images: http://www.allposters.com/-sp/President-Franklin-Roosevelt-in-a-War-Bonnet-Posters_i9359842_.htm http://www.humanitiesweb.org/spa/hri/ID/99/key/276 gifts from a tribe to the Presidents.

If the givers of those items were offended by the presidents wearing them, no one knew at that time. In fact, it a moment of pride for all.

Revisionist history is trying to turn something that unites into something that divides. Wrong headed. The land I'm on is not Indian land. Were not all tribal nations invaders of this land via the Bering Strait? If you wish to claim a specific date for all the world to reclaim their lands, we will have a tough time sending the Irish back to Ireland. America is multicultural, and that includes the native Indians.

And before you attempt lectures, recall the war bonnet was wore to slaughter fellow indians of other tribes long before defending the European expansion of this continent. So, perhaps Indians ought not wear them as a sign of respect towards those they slaughtered in the name of capturing slaves, land, and hunting.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@yourqueenis, freedom does not allow you to place conditions on my speech. Sorry, you need to read and understand basic human rights before trying to tell people what they can or cannot do. How would you feel if I demanded you read teh US Constitution and is amendments, write a 5000 page essay on their history or at least a 500 word one before writing back to me? Silly isn't it.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@yourqueenis, history is not on your side. You may wish to reinvent your sacred things, but headdresses, peace pips, war paint are not sacred. Those things are simple traditional. It would be like saying lederhosen and beer mugs were sacred to Germans. Burial mounds are sacred. I've campaigned against digging up the bones for study. I find grave robbing, even by PhDs offensive. A final resting place is sacred. Not cultural items, and not clothing.

Did you run around and complain about the sexy nun and priest outfits worn by many on Halloween, too?

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