Won’t Back Down

Won't Back Down

Won’t Back Down

I’m really excited about Won’t Back Down! I’m not as excited about the movie as I am about the poster because the poster really says what I am trying to say: “If you can’t beat the system…change it.”

As most people in relationships know, you can’t change anyone. You can, however, get them to believe it was their idea to change. The best way to do that is to speak their language and research their lifestyle. You have to get inside their heads by understanding what they do and who they think they are. That I can do. I’m keenly aware of social cues and propriety and what society expects. One needs to know the rules before one can break them with grace. I am on your side. And I have inside knowledge.

Let’s talk about expressions. Going back to the quote, I really like the saying “If you can’t beat the system…change it.” Instead of thinking “Life sucks then you die” it makes one think of the sentence “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” Self-expression is a lot better than giving up. All the people who have decided not to buy into the uniformity game (literally by not wearing uniforms) have never been a fan of quotes such as “When in Rome do as the Romans do” or “If you can’t beat them, join them.” That you can see by the way they live their day-to-day lives. Sometimes dressing rebelliously might be perceived as passive-aggressive, but it is clearly a message even if the message seems to change depending on the perception of the viewer. However, as many learn later in life, “perception is [still] everything.” What I am trying to tell everyone is that perception goes a lot farther than clothing. We, as a group, need to leverage our voice, tone, body language, posture, words, intentions, moods, and attitude to get what we want: fashion freedom.

As you should know by now, I am a believer in individuality. That will always be true. We all have the right to move to the beat of our own drummer, even if it causes a cacophony of noise, but we do need to let others know what we’re going to do in an organized and peaceful “fashion” lest the government respond with the cavalry or SWAT team. Our revolution is even more peaceful than boycotts and sit-ins. Our revolution is a revolution of color and pins. Underneath all that is the desire for peace.

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