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Campaigners defend Jeremy Corbyn’s dress sense after Guardian criticism

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release 2ND April

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

CAMPAIGNERS DEFEND JEREMY CORBYN DRESS SENSE AFTER GUARDIAN CRITICISM

Jeremy Corbyn MP visits Easton in Bristol as he shows support for Marvin Rees, Labour's candidate for Bristol Mayor, and local government candidates. April 1 2016.

Jeremy Corbyn MP visits Easton in Bristol as he shows support for Marvin Rees, Labour’s candidate for Bristol Mayor, and local government candidates. April 1 2016. (Western Daily Press)

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has defended the dress sense of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after criticism in the Guardian’s letters page.

The campaigners say that pogonophobia, dislike of Corbyn’s beard, is at the root of the criticism just as David Cameron’s Commons complaint that the veteran politician didn’t do his tie up properly was motivated by fear of facial hair.

In the Guardian (letters) on 1st April Val Walsh claimed that Corbyn’s dress sense was stuck in the 1950s.

On April 2nd Bill Macinnes claimed Corbyn was a badly dressed man in any decade

The campaigners say that Corbyn would no doubt claim that his politics are more important than his supposed dress sense.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said the reality is that Jeremy Corbyn’s casual dress sense combined with his award winning beard are a lot more voter friendly than the clean shaven suits of Cameron’s Tory Party

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Colin Macinnes  The Guardian 2nd April

In any case Corbyn was a 60s man and we know what peacocks they were. So he is a badly dressed man in any decade.

Val Walsh  The Guardian 1st April

The Sanders and Corbyn style predates the impact of young gay men and gay-influenced heterosexual men, who started (a long time ago) wearing clothes that fit (not necessarily tightly). Bernie and Jeremy’s outfits are surely a size or two bigger than necessary, and not so much retro as witty re-presentation, but simply the habit of older white heterosexual men carrying on as before, as if 1950s western manliness was an exemplar, and pretending their embodiment is not party to their politics.

This tells us that they have given little thought to their own sexual identity and its part in their new “old” politics in 2016. They lack awareness of the problematic part played by hetero-patriarchal masculinities in the politics of left or right, and in this continuity they identify themselves with that old hegemonic masculinity. They seem to think informal/casual, avoiding colour/pattern counts as political resistance, as opposed to manly conformity. Men in uniform are always a feminist concern.

 

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One Response to “Campaigners defend Jeremy Corbyn’s dress sense after Guardian criticism”

  1. I like the way he dresses, but socks with shorts are a definte mistake (except for scouts)

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