High WASPs and Preppies


Another thing I do on the Internet to ignore the DP (death problem) is to look at things other bloggers post. They are pretty good at this. They find cool things. However, sometimes this blog world causes me consternation. Causes me anxiety due to shifting understanding of the world.

For example, it has come to my attention that there is a whole sub-species of bloggers who define themselves as Preppies. Girl bloggers. Preppy girl bloggers. I have no ill-will for any of them. As I have said before, I come from what you might call High WASP. As in the most totemic item from my childhood is a set of silver ice tea spoons that my mother owns. The spoon base is a heart. The spoon handle is a straw. It took me a couple of decades to realize that my dear little memory was a signifier of my privileged and therefore morally bankrupt status. And I have spent a lot of karmic capital on trying to evolve out of and beyond the high WASP mode. On the trivial side, I turn down a lot of clothing items on purpose so I don’t feel too preppy.

Anyway.

I was reading a blog by Muffy Martini. Apparently irony has undergone quite a shift in the time I have spent doing things like having kids, paying mortgages. and having some sort of career. So Muffy was referring to something called “Jack Rogers.” Apparently all good preppy girls wear them. They are de rigueur. They are also shoes. These are they.
Hmm. I have shoes that look suspiciously like these in my closet.

HOW CAN I BE EXPECTED TO MAINTAIN THE RIGHT IRONIC STANCE TO MY HERITAGE IF I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE MAINSTREAM OF MY HERITAGE IS DOING NOW?

An ironic stance is critical to ignoring the DP.

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4 Comments

  • 03/07/09
    4:12 pm

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    MBM said...

    They are fabulous classics as are Bonannos. I'm amazed you have not seen them everywhere. Jackie O wore them in the late 60's & they have been popular for decades…not just with the preppies. I love them & live in them but only when I'm in the Hamptons, not in the City.

  • 03/08/09
    10:30 am

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    MBM said...

    I am wondering why you call yourself “High” WASP? I didn’t realize there were different levels of WASP. Is WASP different on West Coast than on East Coast? Would you post about this? I’m interested.

  • 03/10/09
    7:13 am

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    LPC said...

    MBM, here’s my post on the different sub-species. http://amidlifeofprivilege.blogspot.com/2009/03/high-wasp-x-peoples-republic-of.html. Good question as to why I say it’s High WASP. In my family oddly enough I’d say it’s tied primarily to education. But I’d love to hear from the wider world than me.

  • 03/17/11
    7:16 pm

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    just another preppy shopaholic said...

    I’m obsessed with these sandals! I actually own 16 pairs [a combo of Jack Rogers and Bonanno’s]! Still pondering my next color combo!

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