Clothing Used in Sentencing
Plymouth Colony defines the punishment for adultery as two severe whippings. The guilty party also has to wear the letters AD “cut out in cloth and sowed on their uppermost garment on their arm or back.” If at any time the convicted party is found without the mark within the jurisdiction of the Colony, he or she will be publicly whipped.
Let’s take a moment to think about that. What if you had to broadcast your indiscretions for the world to see? Everywhere you went you had to wear an ensemble that displayed to the world that you had committed the ultimate sin in marriage? That would be a lot for any person. Over the years, items have been worn on clothing to represent a lot of negative connotations that have grouped certain people for the worst. For example, during the Holocaust, the Jewish were mandated to wear star of David on their clothing to ensure that they were recognizable and ultimately disrespected on site by all others. Very horrible to think about, right?
As more and more time has progressed symbols on clothing have become full phrases to display our current philosophies about life. That infamous shirt (that I personally hate) that reads, “No Boyfriend, No Problem” which I think is desperate plea for a boyfriend and “You Look Like I Could use a Drink” bring both comical relief to many situations and concern from many.
We never really realize how much the history of fashion has influenced our “recycled” trends. So when you’re out there thinking you’ve done something new, remember someone somewhere has done it already!
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