Well, for one, Graeber is probably the one of the most distinguished anthropologists on the planet. So there's that.
Couldn’t we say that a tie is really a symbolic displacement of the penis, only an intellectualized penis, dangling not from one’s crotch but from one’s head, chosen from among an almost infinite variety of other ties by an act of mental will?
"It’s telling that this is the only aspect of traditional male attire women have not been allowed to adopt."
"And this is still true. Just recall the bifurcated fashions at the sexual battleground of your high school prom. The guys all dressed identically. They were, in effect, sporting a uniform. But if two girls wound up wearing the same dress, then oh, what a scandal."
"You own a necktie?"
"I've never seen it."
"It's holding one end of my surfboard off the floor."
"I suppose you're serious. What's holding up the other end?"
Fletch looked down at the top of his jeans. "A belt someone gave me."
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