- Feb 11, 2007
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Your use of “policing” and “gatekeeping” is pejorative and you are playing implausibly obtuse.WTF. That whole controversy was about you policing who could legitimately talk about tailoring. Your point was that people who haven't yet ordered 11 suits from the same tailor can't speak about that tailor's work. I said that's stupid. People can talk about a tailor's work if they've ordered one, two, or three things -- sometimes even not at all. You can talk about a tailor's work if you've seen it and have an opinion. Obviously, it helps to have direct experience with that tailor, but your point about only being able to speak about a tailor's work if you've ordered 11 things is nothing more than gatekeeping.
Of course anyone can talk about anything they want, whatever their experience. But are all opinions equal?
I can’t see how you can argue against the basic concept that firsthand experience brings a greater depth of perspective. Obviously, having a long-term, iterative working relationship with a tailor gives a client more insight into his work. And obviously, that costs more money than if you just sample a suit or two.
What is not obvious is how the above idea has anything to do with prejudice against socioeconomic class, which you couldn’t help but pin it to. Just like when you insinuated I must be racist because I work in finance and make money or somesuch nonsense.