I’ve been saying I was going to post this for a couple days at least now, and seeing as it’s been ages since I posted last, and Zoe is asleep, I figured now was a good time. Despite the title of this post, it’s not really all that much about the Dixie Chicks, they’re just the catalyst for my thoughts. See, they were on Ellen the other day, and if you’ll allow me a brief digression, can I just say, shorts and high heels do not fashion make. I don’t care how dressy the shorts are, it just looks stupid. If you want to show off your legs and want the lengthening power of heels- wear a skirt. If you don’t want the potential slippage that can happen with skirts, then make your choice. Legs or comfort, I don’t care which, but this shorts/heels thing has to stop.
This post really isn’t about fashion, I promise. It’s about the first amendment. I’m all about the first amendment. I absolutely believe that you should be able to say or write or sing whatever you wish without the risk of being arrested or imprisoned. What I don’t believe is that the first amendment guarantees that you can say whatever you want and no one will get mad at you. As I said above, I’m not necessarily saying this about the Dixie Chicks, their interview just got me thinking about it. It seems that people assume that their right to say what they wish to means that there won’t be any repercussions. You hear it all the time; someone says something inflamatory, and when someone else reacts, the original speaker gets indignant and starts spouting off about the first amendment. Someone deciding not to listen to your record, or protesting, or even just arguing with you is not violating your first amendment rights.
That’s all I have to say, and I don’t have a clever way to end this, so that’s just the end. But I reiterate, shorts + high heels = bad bad bad.