bananamilk saidThis is for the people that served in the military.
So for a halloween thingy at a local club some guy asked if I was in the military
And said that he took offense to me dressing up in military outfit on Halloween.
Tbh, this bothered me. Do you guys feel the same way?
To me it's kinda conditional. I can be offended if the theme is demeaning to the military. And when the costume is all fucked up, a mockery of a real uniform. Or when the wearer is basking in an honor he didn't actually earn.
But on the other hand, isn't that what Hollywood & TV do? There was a lot of resentment during WWII when famous actors managed to pull strings to get flimsy draft deferments, only to appear on screen portraying war heroes, wearing the same uniforms they had worked so hard to avoid in real life. All the while the real heroes were dying for a lot less pay, comfort & recognition than a Hollywood star receives.
So it's not a new issue. I can accept a uniform party costume if it's done with dignity and reasonable accuracy. In that sense it can even be a compliment.
Though I've even been reluctant to wear my own genuine uniforms myself, at gay uniform-night club parties, because I feared I would dishonor the uniform I had once been privileged to wear for real.
So that on balance I think it's better to not do it. If you wanna go as a US Civil War officer, as my late partner once did (with me as his hoop-skirted niece), the distance of time makes it historical, not contemporary. But if you wanna go as a present-day soldier fighting in Afghanistan, well, you better BE a soldier fighting in Afghanistan.