Georgia peaches, sweet tea, and the enticement of a smooth twang…we all love a bit of southern charm. These regional mainstays, along with an innate sense of social poise, evoke an unparalleled warmth and authenticity in style and tradition.Yes, for this the young woman was called "manure" by one of Levin's followers. And Levin said he agreed with calling this woman, whom neither the commenter nor Levin has ever met, "manure". Is this part of that whole "war on women" thing I keep hearing about?
From the post and comments at CWM, I think its safe to say we don't all love a bit of Southern charm. But a lot of folks do, particularly in the South; as well as our Yankee friends who like to migrate here. But some of the critics and other members of the permanent wedgy class simply don't approve of the way many Southerners think, as this comment over the subject indicates:
too many people don't think "slavery" when they hear "plantation".What defines "too many"? More than zero? A baker's dozen? As anyone familiar with academia knows, groupthink is all the rage these days. We must all think like we're told to think. Maybe some indoctrination and re-education camps are in order so we'll all get our minds right.
I suppose Americans should also automatically think "slavery" when they see the U.S. Capitol, since it was built by slaves, and think "slavery" every time they see the U.S. flag since it flew over slave ships, and think "slavery" at every sporting event when the Star Spangled Banner is sung, since Francis Scott Key owned slaves. We could go on.
It's all a big morality play. You're supposed to think and feel evil when you hear "plantation" and if you don't, you're "manure." You should be ashamed for embracing and enjoying Southern culture. That's their perspective. Sometimes it seems like these folks are projecting what occupies their thought processes all of the time. Should I think slavery when I see a pair of Nike's too?
Of course, Levin is one who thinks that using the term "War Between the States" is somehow improper. As that link and post prove, it's still a popular term and used by many (particularly in the South) in lieu of the term "Civil War."
The bottom line is that this is simply part of the attempt to marginalize anyone who relishes the rich, wonderful, diverse culture of the South and who fails to think, write or speak outside of academia's box of groupthink. Some of its envy. And a lot of its snobbery, arrogance, elitism and insecurity.
an increasingly successful campaign by the media and an academic elite to strip . . . Southerners . . . of their heritage, and therefore, their identity. They are being taught to forget their forebears or to remember them with shame. ~ Eugene GenoveseBut if these self-righteous folks - who refer to a stranger marketing Southern themed clothing as "manure" - want to shame the rest of us into turning our backs on our Southern culture and heritage, they've got their work cut out for them. Ms. Lively (aka "Manure" to the intellectually and morally superior class) isn't the only person or company marketing Southern themed clothing. Consider:
Southern Proper: "Style, Tradition and Authenticity are the Southern pillars that inspired the creation of Southern Proper . . . "
Southern Belle: "We hope you will join this Online Community by letting your voice be heard. To us, this is more than just selling t-shirts, it's about bringing TRUE Southern Belles together. Big thanks to each and every one of you for helping turn one little idea into a Southern Cultural Phenomenon. We look forward to hearing from y'all." Simply Southern Collection: (No "about us" or mission statement, but the name says it all.)
Southern Fashion House: "The house that Southern values built."
Coast Apparel: "quickly becoming THE clothing line around southern college campuses with guys that have many common likes – hunting, fishing, bars, football, basketball, road trips, fraternity parties, and a date on the town."
Bourbon and Boots: "Bourbon & Boots was formed by a bunch of Southerners … and one yankee. (We forgive him.) Our team scours the country for classic Americana items — seeking high-quality, stylish things that inspire us. You won’t find any mass-produced, “big box” products here because we look for high-quality, “small batch” creations from small business owners and artisans."
Southern Shirt: The Southern Shirt Company
Garden & Gun: ". . . a metaphor for the South—its land, the people, their lifestyle, and their heritage. . . . Garden & Gun, LLC is a lifestyle brand anchored by its award-winning national magazine, Garden & Gun that covers the best of the South, including the sporting culture, the food, the music, the art, the literature, the people and their ideas. With a national audience of more than one million passionate and engaged readers, the magazine has won numerous awards for its journalism, design, and overall excellence. The publication was launched in the Spring of 2007. The company and editorial team are headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, with advertising sales offices across the United States."
And my personal favorite . . .
Southern Fried Cotton: "We're a homegrown apparel company inspired by Southern style. The creators of SoFriCo were born and raised in the South and have a shared passion for all things Southern. Our goal is to capture the Southern spirit in our apparel, from the rustic countryside to the vibrant coastline. Take a look through our catalog and find a piece of the South to take with you!"
And although it doesn't have anything to do with clothing, we can't possibly forget . . .
Rebel Yell Bourbon: "The 'Rebel Yell' is one of the most endearing legends in our country’s history. It is a war cry used by Confederate soldiers to instill fear while engaged in battle. Also used as a chant of victory or a moral booster, General 'Stonewall' Jackson was once quoted as saying “that’s the most beautiful sound in the world”
"Today Rebel Yell Bourbon represents the same victorious passion, commitment and honor to its heritage that our forefathers exhibited with their rebel yells. So next time you’re drinking Rebel Yell Bourbon, belt out a rebel yell in celebration. Who knows, it may inspire you to blaze your own trail."
I think some folks really do need to broaden their horizons and experience some cultural diversity. In other words, become an independent thinker and "blaze your own trail." And, while you're at it, why not make a fashion statement to boot?