On matters of pants, I stand with George F. Will

Every word of this Washington Post column, “Demon Denim,” by conservative intellectual columnist George F. Will is in accordance with my beliefs about pants. Will and I are in total, unmitigated agreement. I am disturbed by this, but not as disturbed as you after you read the column.

It bears mentioning that I am 31 and was raised in a trailer house on the Iron Range; Will is almost 70, the highly educated son of a philosophy professor. I don’t know how this happened. 

(Pictured: Me, left, drinking Sprite in college with friends.)


  1. You just lost a little bit of credibility with me 🙂

  2. On the other hand you gained it with me! 🙂

  3. I only wrote this to be honest. I saw some of my lefty pals getting rough on old George for this and I want him to know I’ve got his back … Uh, about pants. Yeah, this nothing but a loser for me. 🙂

  4. While I respect your right to wear non-jeans, this column of Will’s from two years ago was widely considered to be the one that made him jump the shark.

    Why a supposedly intelligent man would be so ignorant as to claim that anyone who plays video games, likes the impressive Batman movies, or wears jeans is juvenile is mind-boggling. My only guess is that good ol’ Will (emphasis on “old”) is a bit miffed that the world has changed without his permission, and thinks the solution is to force everyone to like only what he likes. Sad.

  5. I’m with you on a lot of that, but I highly doubt he thought he was forcing anything. He clearly never saw the Batman movies. What I’m more concerned about is why I read that and liked it. That happened.

  6. I agree with Will’s column. America has become a bunch of juvenile, sloppy dressed, idiots.


  7. There are a few of us left who wear denim out of necessity, believe it or not. Wearing dress clothing really isn’t a good choice when you do actual physical work. Not to knock George’s journalist career choice, but sitting at a keyboard for 8 hours a day for a few decades has warped his thinking in this area a bit. We can’t all be like him.

  8. trying again …
    back in my long-ago high school years, i was ruined forever because the only pants i owned were jeans. (try wearing jeans to a dance, even in 19xx.) later, when things got better for me financially, i refused to wear jeans on any occasion. within in the past five years or so, though, i bought a pair of jeans and i’ve enjoyed wearing them. and do so now, pretty routinely. not making a statement; i just find them comfortable. and i enjoy making a quiet salute to levi strauss. or mr. izod, whoever he was.

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