How we hide our secrets — and what to wear instead

Written by E.M. Hanna, CNN Our wardrobes can be incredibly revealing. The garments we wear reveal our bodies, social circles, and opinions — but even more revealing is the truth behind each of our…

How we hide our secrets -- and what to wear instead

Written by E.M. Hanna, CNN

Our wardrobes can be incredibly revealing.

The garments we wear reveal our bodies, social circles, and opinions — but even more revealing is the truth behind each of our bags and shoes. If you’re trying to keep something secret, you don’t usually wear it on your feet. And it doesn’t take much to uncover someone else’s handbag, which is full of “bad news.”

These days, that “bad news” is getting too big. It’s not just our shoes that can reveal too much. In fact, shearers have complained about the sheer size of the feathers, vines, and peaches on their shoes, which provide them with a wide, sunny, sunny view of their partner. But what are feathers and vines?

H1-11 vs. H6-16, bowler hats, duck blinds, a ski mask, accessories, personal protection, an eyewear folding, and a shearer’s neck strap. Credit: Courtesy Hans Reiter

As time passes, we are wearing worse and worse disguises to protect our most valuable assets, such as our wallets.

“Insecure people,” but also, “guilty, immoral people”

Some of our disguises involve threadbare footwear, which puts us under the category of “tired old person.” However, most of us are considering a new pass to enter a chapter of life completely different to the ones we grew up in, or one that involves stepping out in a cat suit, which is fun, but not entirely suitable for a walk in the park.

We should embrace our feelings of ignorance, otherwise we will continue to fail to recognise harmful practices. For example, we all know that the blanket of secrecy was founded on fear. According to The National Institution of Health (NIOH), “The past world experienced epidemics of tuberculosis, different kinds of smallpox, several deadly pandemics and earthquakes caused widespread social unrest.”

But, another reason for the blanket of secrecy is because “unsubtle social and political expression of discontent can have significant negative consequences for a society,” the NIOH reports.

Such an expression is either made very clear or goes unnoticed. The latter can lead to a chain reaction that, “if ignored could eventually result in social upheaval,” as an underlying cause of discontent. And our masks remain the same. As three people who study masks write in a paper: “We should embrace our feelings of ignorance, otherwise we will continue to fail to recognize harmful practices.”

How to wear headgear

Hiders: The Cold War hat. Credit: Erik Persson

We don’t actually need masks and feathers to reveal something to the outside world — the real power lies in what we “cover up” and what we hide.

For example, in the political arena, the real power lies in silence, rather than in overt demonstrations. We deceive ourselves by telling ourselves that violence is not effective. It is therefore disheartening to see many unarmed children standing before those with guns, and for all we know, those children are actively encouraging the violence themselves. (If they did that, wouldn’t we also defend them?)

And how to wear masks? To choose a mask is to choose to put yourself in a position where you are not easily accessible. For example, the ninja can’t wear a mask because not only are they not seen, they are not very obvious, either. You would have to recognize them to realize who they are. The same goes for white hoods, which are a way to bypass who you are.

What we put on hides us more than ever. So beware, don’t hide your face.

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