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June 07, 2005

Let's Play Guess The Political Orientation

You get three clues. You should only need one. All are taken from this Virgina Postrel article at Reason.

Like cheap food and sedentary labor, the argument goes, abundant choice is not something human beings are biologically evolved to cope with. We’d be better off with fewer decisions to make.

Freedom and choice are wonderful things that allow us to realize our human potential. But there’s a limit to how many choices each of us has time to make, and most people in the rich world are pretty much maxed out already.”

...Swarthmore psychologist Barry Schwartz...

Gosh, one wonders how Swarthmore psychologist Barry Schwartz would go about reducing the amount of choice available? Anyone care to lay odds on whether the words "government program" would be part of his solution?

Extra Bonus Game: Guess the Sexual Orientation of Swarthmore psychologist Barry Schwartz!

What used to be a five-minute task requiring no more information than a waist size and length now demands multiple decisions and an unnerving amount of self-awareness. What leg shape and denim wash say “Barry Schwartz”? What shape is his body really? “Finally, I chose the easy fit, because a ‘relaxed fit’ implied that I was getting soft in the middle and needed to cover it up,” he writes.

Note: The idea that one's shopping patterns imply anything about one's sexual orientation is ludicrous, and you should be ashamed of thinking that they would. After all, men who appear to be perfectly heterosexual appear on Queer Eye all the time. Whatever is wrong with them--and there is definitely something wrong with them--it's not related to whichever sex they happen to be attracted to. Now go forth and swear never to indulge in casual stereotyping of this nature ever again!

Or at least for the rest of the day.

Bigwig's Clothes Shopping Tips For Men!

Not that it implies anything about his sexual orientation, though one could be forgiven for wondering, considering his use of the term "Clothes shopping tips".

1. Let the wife/girlfriend buy it. This frees up time for more valuable pursuits. (i.e. anything other than shopping) If you don't like it, don't wear it. Attempt to give it to Goodwill at the earliest possible opportunity. She'll get the message eventually. The SW gave up buying me anything other than solid color shirts ages ago.

2. Jeans require that you know a waist size and a leg length. That's it. Worrying about anything else means that you're way too in touch with your feminine side. Frankly, this makes you unattractive to women.

3. The only place silk belongs on you is in areas where it touches your ass or feet.

4. Should your wife or girlfriend berate you for a lack of fashion sense, consider the nuclear option.

Extra Bonus Link! Swarthmore psychologist Barry Schwartz's Ideal Grocery Store!

I wonder what country that photo was taken in?

Posted by Bigwig at June 7, 2005 11:49 AM | TrackBack
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I'm not sure silk is entirely inappropriate in a tie, either.

Posted by: Sigivald at June 7, 2005 01:53 PM

Ok. Silk ties are also acceptable. I always forget about ties.

Posted by: Bigwig at June 7, 2005 01:57 PM

My philosophy with ties:
"I have to wear a tie? There'd better be an open bar."

Posted by: Matt Navarre at June 7, 2005 02:58 PM

Are those guys wearing boxers, or are they Bermudans?

Posted by: Mark A. Rayner at June 7, 2005 03:03 PM
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