Whose Jeans?

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The excerpts below (taken from various websites) about the history of jeans reveal some noteworthy points:

  • “Starting in the 1950s, jeans, originally designed for cowboys and miners, became popular among teenagers especially members of the Greaser subculture.  Greasers were a youth subculture that originated in the 1950s in north eastern United States. Their style became popular as an expression of rebellion. Jeans are particularly identified with American culture, especially the American Old West.”
  • “After James Dean popularized them in the movie Rebel Without a Cause, wearing jeans became a symbol of youth rebellion during the 1950s (this is the effect of movies – Alhaadi comment). Because of this, they were sometimes banned in theatres, restaurants and schools.”

Among the noteworthy points are:

  • Jeans was introduced by the American West. It is part of American-wear, not Madina Shareef-wear.
  • From its early days it found acceptance among a rebellious culture.
  • Muslims are leaders. They should not become followers of the Greasers.
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