All too often, any kind of preaching about clothing has become an oddity, an embarrassment. The resistance of the rock & roll culture to such preaching is so pervasive that many pastors have decided to ignore matters of dress. To do so, though, is to ignore the fact that clothing is a language.

       George Harrison of the Beatles, who rebelled against the way his father wanted him to act and dress, testified: "Going in for flash clothes, or at least trying to be a bit different Ö was part of the rebelling. I never cared for authority" (Hunter Davies, The Beatles, p. 39).

       The designer who invented the mini-skirt admitted that her aim was to entice men and promote licentiousness. Vivienne Westwood, who helped create the rock punk look, said, "I think fashion is the strongest form of communication there is. Ö Itís only interesting to me if itís subversive: thatís the only reason Iím in fashion, to destroy the word Ďconformityí" (Jon Savage, Time Travel: Pop, Media and Sexuality 1976-96, p. 119).

       Hair styles are also statements. Long hair on men and short hair on women are not merely harmless fashions but are statements of rebellion against Godís created order (1 Corinthians 11:14,15). The androgynous unisex image was not innocent. It was created by rock musicians who consciously intended to overthrow tradition. One of the rock songs of the 1960s called upon young men to grow their hair long and "let your freak flag show." David Lee Roth of Van Halen testified: "[My long hair] is a flag. Itís Tarzan. Iíll always be anti-establishment" (cited by John Makujina, Measuring the Music, p. 73).

       Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys sported long hair and popularized the "surfer cut" in the early 1960s. Commenting on the significance of this hair length, Wilsonís biographer observes: "The Ďsurfer cut,í as it came to be known, was a radical thing to behold in 1962. Few parents would permit their sons to sport the look" (Jon Stebbins, Dennis Wilson: The Real Beach Boy, p. 24). Dennis Wilson was a rebel and his appearance was merely a reflection of this.

       Paul McCartney of the Beatles mockingly acknowledges their role in overthrowing sexual distinctions: "There they were in America, all getting house-trained for adulthood with their indisputable principle of life: short hair equals men; long hair equals women. Well, we got rid of that small convention for them. And a few others, too" (Barbara Ehrenreich, "Beatlemania: Girls Just Wanted to Have Fun," cited by Lisa Lewis, The Adoring Audience: Fan Culture and Popular Media, p. 102).



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