The time for change has been called once again by the Gen Z TikTokers, and this one removes the name of an item of clothing that’s been around for nearly 100 years as the previous name has been dubbed “sexist.”
A Good Old Fashion Icon
The classic white vest holds a special place in the hearts of men, a timeless piece of fashion that has stood the test of time… Until now.
Long Overdue for Change?
For years, a simple yet unsettling term has been used to describe this fashion piece, referred to as the “wife beater.”
Digging into history, the origins of the term “wife beater” are grim and unsettling.
An Unsettling Revelation
It was born in 1947, when a man wearing a white tank top was arrested for murdering his wife.
A Mugshot to Forget
His mugshot was infamously dubbed “The Wife Beater,” forever linking this dark label to the innocent clothing item.
A Respectful Change
This nickname was troubling for obvious reasons, and the new generation has decided that the time had come for this label to be replaced with something more respectful and sensitive.
Gen Z’s Reinvention
Gen Z has christened it the “wife pleaser,” a name that reflects a more empowering outlook on the clothing item.
The Birth of the “Wife Pleaser”
The “wife pleaser” emerged to support survivors of family and domestic violence, a sensitive issue that the previous term seemed to overlook.
Spreading Love and Defying Hatred
Gen Z’s rebranding of the classic white vest intends to spread positivity and creates a safe space within the fashion world.
Changing the Name and the Look
The “wife pleaser” trend isn’t just about a name change, it’s about changing the way the vest can be worn, with some even releasing tutorial videos on how to style the “wife pleaser.”
Fashion Magazines Embrace the Change
Articles like “Best Wife Pleasers of the Summer” have started popping up, showing the support from the industry for one of the most Gen Z ideas this year.
Calling Out the Sexist Term
Back in 2018, The New York Times questioned, “Are we really still calling this shirt a wife beater?” Suggesting the idea that the link between clothing and domestic abuse should be broken.
Domestic Abuse Survivors Speak Out
In the wake of the #MeToo movement and increased awareness of abuse, the term “wife beater” suddenly felt grossly inappropriate.
The Rise of “Wife Pleaser”
In just a year, the “wife pleaser” has risen to become a viral sensation, with videos of the trend taking over the internet.
Even Hollywood heartthrob Chris Evans has shown his affection for the “wife pleaser” with InStyle calling it a “must-have” item in any stylish wardrobe.
“Wife Respecter” and “Wife Caresser”
Phrases like “wife respecter” and “wife caresser” have also been used by Gen Z TikTokers to further show support for abuse victims.
Was It the Right Time?
Do you agree that a change was necessary from the old and tasteless name? Let us know your thoughts on the “wife pleaser” in the comments section.
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