Expressions of Freedom

The business suit is an overt and intentional expression of enslavement: the cufflinks represent handcuffs, the neck tie a shackle.

Wearing such clothing is a symbol of servitude. A proclamation of peonage. A communal confession that one lacks the freedom to be themselves, and must instead bend to the will of others.

It has one very specific, heartbreaking meaning: “I am not free.

This simple truth is easy to miss, until it is pointed out to you. It then becomes so painfully obvious that you question how it is you never noticed it before. You begin to question every custom and social norm. “Why do I do the things I do?” you ask yourself. “Did I ever want any of this, or am I just doing what’s expected of me?”

Did anyone ever want any of this? Or have generations of mankind blindly followed in the footsteps of their ancestors, never pausing to appreciate what is was they were doing, but only reenacting the examples set before them?

It is at this stage denial kicks in. Refusing to accept their absence of freedom, they invent, in their own minds, excuses for following social norms. They convince themselves with circular-reasoning and logical fallacies why they simply must do what everyone else is expecting… that they really have no choice. The irony is lost on them, that, by their own reasoning, they are proving my point.

Outside of these prison walls — and into the Furry Fandom — we think differently… and have a different kind of suit.

The fur suit: a manifestation of the self-idealization. The crossroads of imagination, creativity, self-discovery, and self-improvement.

Wearing such clothing is an emblem of exemption. An illustration of independence. A deliberate demonstration that one has achieved the freedom to be themselves, and are no longer required to bend to the will of others. The handcuffs have been loosed, the shackles broken.

It has one very specific, enheartening meaning: “I am free.

The fur suit communicates — to those who are capable of understanding — :

… I can act the way I want to act.
… I can enjoy the things I want to enjoy.
… I can do the things I want to do.

… I don’t care how others act.
… I don’t care what others enjoy.
… I don’t care what others do.

… I alone decide how to live my life.

The fur suit is an overt and intentional expression of freedom.

One comment

  1. The symbolism of business attire is not lost on those who wear it. You have missed an entire gender, in your discussion of the subject, however…

    In male business attire, there are two commonly-understood classes of wearers. Those who wear it for their bosses, and those who wear it for their subordinates.

    Those who wear it for their bosses, truly are enslaved, and they are usually well aware of this fact. They are making a conscious choice to be house slaves, rather than the field slaves that most believe they would be otherwise relegated to. House slaves believe that freedom is out of their immediate reach, but that house slavery is better for them than the remaining alternative.

    Those who wear it for their subordinates, are attempting to fit in as slaves, where they are in fact masters. They wear the shackles (not handcuffs) and collar (not shackles), but the also have the keys, and can remove them at any time without penalty – unlike their subordinates. They are attempting to deceive the slaves into placid compliance, by representing themselves as peers with the duty of delivering the master’s instructions, instead of owning the role of the master, and facing the ire and resentment of the slaves. “The masters require this of us all”, instead of “I require this of you”. Deceptive masters are free, and choose the trappings of slavery, in an effort to placate their slaves, to increase their holdings.

    There exists at least one more common type of male business attire wearer; the kind who wears it to impress financiers. This one is like the dog showing it’s belly to the pack leader as a sign of submission; he is alternately slave or master depending upon context. He, too, is acutely aware of his position, as it changes, but tends to take comfort from the notion that his position can and does change. He is not always a slave.

    Fur suits imbue the wearer with a measure of immunity to judgement, in the form of anonymity. They allow a certain measure of fantasy, in the form of role-play. But freedom is more a matter of economics than mindset, and the truly free require neither mask to hide behind, nor fantasy in which to escape.

    You are free, not because of your fur suit, but because you can afford to live your life as you choose, without having to answer to anyone.

    You can wear whatever suit you wish. Even a business suit. But contrary to popular opinion, the clothes do not make the man. And the Emperor can wear no clothes, if he wishes.

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