Maggie Harrison and Clothing

Name: Maggie Harrison
Meeting: West Philly/Central Philadelphia MM
Branch: Liberal

I could write a book about my relationship to clothing– to how I present myself to the world.

I really tend to agree with Margaret Fell in this famous passage:

“Christ Jesus saith that we must take no thought what we shall eat, or what we shall drink, or what we shall put on: bids us consider the lilies, how they grow in more royalty than Solomon. But, contrary to this, we must look at no colours, nor make anything that is changeable colours as the hills are, nor sell them, nor wear them: but we must be all in one dress and one colour. This is silly poor gospel!”

Especially because I really experience God and my spirit within and through color. Anyone who knows me knows I like to wear bright things!

Another thought I have about clothes is that they express something WHETHER OR NOT WE INTEND IT. Clothing is symbolic, infused with meaning about our gender, class, sexual orientation, political stance, education, etc. Of course, people can make very inaccurate assumptions based on clothing, but clothing is a message either way, so I like to play around with what I am communicating, expressing wildly different sides of myself through clothes. This is also true of hair, especially for women.

But as I work with this pamphlet, which is about stripping away the metaphorical “clothing” with which we cover ourselves, I am also intrigued in what that means for my physical clothing. Would there be a way to dress truly neutrally? So that I wouldnt be buying into a persona, dictated by worldly social/political/economic forces? So that I’m not preoccupied with establishing any particular identity, instead focusing on being Love and for Love and nothing else?

I dunno.

My picture is a little old, but I think is a good example of me and clothing.

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One Response to Maggie Harrison and Clothing

  1. Mackenzie says:

    I like to do this thing where I make my clothes say the opposite of what’s expected in a situation. Go to a protest, wear a plain dress instead of one of my punk band t-shirts, possibly with a headcovering too. Go to a hacker con, wear a bright pink tea-length skirt (the tech community is extremely skewed male, and some women tend to dress more tomboy at tech things, even if they aren’t tomboys, to try to fit in better).

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