I’m going to have a rant…
Ladies, unless you went to a private school, or have some sort of cross-dressing fetish, you have probably never worn a tie, but the male has at some stage or another come to a point where the decision has to be made.
Tie? Or no tie?
Firstly, let’s get to the basics. A tie is a piece of material TIED around the neck. It looks stupid. It has no use and it GETS IN THE WAY. (How many guys have you seen with tomato sauce stains on their ties?)
I mean, how fucking stupid is that? Who invented such a stupid idea?
Can I punch him in the face?
According to the never-ending pool of knowledge that is the Wikipedia, the history of ties goes back to the 1600’s where Cravats were brought into style by the French, however it was the English in the 1850’s that decided on the Four-in-hand, or the tie as we know it today.
I think we can blame the inventor of the lounge suit and one-time designer to the queen, Sir Edwin Hardy Amies who once said,
“It is of vast importance to the total costume. It comes into a room almost before the man.”
Blow it out your arse, you old pommy git!
So, I work in a job where I deal with important political (oxy-moron?) people, including people who think they are important, and I am required to wear a tie when ever I am around said people. I despise it. I have only been in this job about 6 weeks and have already got into the habit of just bringing a tie to work, but only putting it on if needed.
I also own a lot of really bad 90’s cartoon ties. Perhaps I will take a photo one day. There’s a Sonic the Hedgehog one, a Cartman one, Marvin the Martian, Bugs Bunny…… Of course, this would not be appropriate in my job, but I used to have the idea that if I HAD to wear one, it would be something cool.
Most days I don’t need to put it on anyway, and when I do, I sometimes keep the top button undone but cover the fact up with the tie.
Then of course once I am out of range, I rip the fucker off.
There are even Health Issues associated with the wearing of the tie.
As time moves forward, I think the attitude towards ties is slowly changing. A report in the UK says
The proportion of men in professional jobs who buy ties has dropped from 70% in 1996 to just 56% today. And, to break that down only 28% of office managers have bought a tie in the past 12 months. (The Guardian Online, September 4, 2006)
Women? What do you think? Men with ties. Good? Bad? Don’t care? Looks like a phallic symbol?
Guys? Do you hate them? Love them? Wish that you could tie one around your bosses neck and then feed it into the shredder?