||[Aug. 24th, 2016|07:31 pm]
JUMPSUIT is |
an ungendered, multi-use monogarment for everyday wear. It will be disseminated in two forms: as a pre-made garment for purchase, and as an open-source pattern, available to download free of charge. The Rational Dress Society is currently developing a comprehensive new sizing system that can accommodate up to 248 different body types using gender-neutral terminology.
It reminds me of Soylent, in that these are both products which provide a suboptimal solution to a problem that does not exist, by inventing a brand new thing which already exists and anybody can easily buy.
These things are mansplaning and columbusing in physical form.
Dr. Bronner is jealous of that website.
Honestly, I think my biggest problem with both of these is that they seem to revel in the fact that their aesthetic is intentional lack of aesthetic.
Soylent misses the fact that food tastes really fucking good. JUMPSUIT misses the fact that colour is awesome.
Wayyy back in 2010, someone linked me to Greta Christina's post about the off-label use of our bodies. The post is mostly about sex
, but has this bit:
Human beings took our animal need for palatable food... and turned it into chocolate souffles with salted caramel cream. We took our ability to co-operate as a social species... and turned it into craft circles and bowling leagues and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We took our capacity to make and use tools... and turned it into the Apollo moon landing. We took our uniquely precise ability to communicate through language... and turned it into King Lear.
None of these things are necessary for survival and reproduction. That is exactly what makes them so splendid. When we take our basic evolutionary wiring and transform it into something far beyond any prosaic matters of survival and reproduction... that's when humanity is at its best. That's when we show ourselves to be capable of creating meaning and joy, for ourselves and for one another. That's when we're most uniquely human.
These products are trying to do the opposite of that, and it's awful.
I don't have an inherent problem with the idea of a simplistic utilitarian garment. It's just... Work N Gear has better ones for a quarter the price.
What product do you see as being superior to Soylent?
Ensure, bought in the big bulk tubs. Same nutrition, but cheaper.
2016-08-26 03:57 am (UTC)
If their 248 sizes thing actually allows for women's sizing to be more than simply slender or round and none of them have thighs, I could see there being a market... but the price point is a bit steep regardless.
I use Soylent. For me it's not a substitute for good tasting food, it's a substitute for no food at all. So that's no so awful.
I don't have the same issues around clothes that I do around food, but I can easily see somebody finding Jumpsuit to be a solution to a problem that I don't happen to have.
Honestly, this reads like a parody of ernest academic flakes to me, not mansplaining. They're even using some of the same ludicrous logic and language. I think all that's missing is a gratuitous misuse of 'dialectic,' but I didn't hit every page yet so maybe it's still lurking in there somewhere.
+1 to whoever said Dr. Bronner must be jealous of that web design. All One, brothers and sisters, and always toward the heart!