This ban on Hoop Skirts at the University of Georgia is a very interesting attempt to ban “expressive clothing or costume.” For one thing, as a State University, this is subject to an immediate First Amendment challenge. But this is not just “more Southern Confederate heritage” bashing—it is an attack on the grace and gentility of a different, pre-modern, morality in which women were treated as something other than “Sex Objects”, both culturally, artistically, and stylistically.
Now, quite aside from the fact that the hoop skirt was neither uniquely Southern or even American… it was very much a Victorian rejection of expressly sexual garb for women. No dress form ever adopted hides the female figure more than a hoop skirt does.
The grace of a hoop skirt is undeniable, and worn properly it is extremely feminine and graceful, but it is not at all “sexual”. The Modern (I would call it) Marxist norm is to hypersexualize all aspects of life and especially expressive aspects of clothing and costume, so as to reject “Civilization and its Discontents” and all associate neuroses and repressions, as Sigmund Freud categorized everything Victorian, Christian, and otherwide traditional or pertaining to European (and “Upper Class”) American Civilization.
The South was indeed uniquely devoted to the preservation of the concepts of “Ladies and Gentleman”. But the modern world is equally devoted to promoting “Sex Everywhere, all the time”. For one thing, it makes people feel good and so distracts them from the fact that they are, in fact, much more politically repressed than the inhabitants of the Victorian world would ever have tolerated.
The modern Marxist hypersexualization of the “feminine mystique” and the rejection of traditional norms of marriage and family—these cannot tolerate a fashion which says that women can be beautiful without showing even the outline of their hips and legs.
So this move in Georgia is much more than an attack on the heritage of the South—it is an attack on the remnants of Christian morality and traditional values, closely related to the Rainbow movement for “LGBT Liberation”—which can have no possible effect other than the final burial of the traditional family in an unmarked tomb somewhere near the largest of city dumps and landfills…
And so I earnestly hope that the ladies, young and old, of a traditional Southern or Victorian mindset will do everything in their power to launch a First Amendment Lawsuit to preserve the right to express themselves in a feminine but non-sexual manner, at least on special occasions….for old time’s sake…