May 15, 2013

"We are asking that everyone buy simple glasses."

"The yeshiva will not tolerate thick plastic eye glasses."

24 comments:

Sorun said...

There's a good comment at DM that before nerdy glasses were fashionable, the kids at the school were the only ones who would wear them. Now they can't?

Nonapod said...

God a hate those types of glasses. They were cool when Buddy Holly wore them and later when Elvis Costello wore them as sort of a tribute to him. But now they're conformist.

Banning them seems a tad draconian though.

edutcher said...

Depending where some of those kids have to travel, wearing something "cool" like that could get you killed.

The Godfather said...

I assume they look "coarse" not "course"?

The Godfather said...

I assume they look "coarse" not "course"?

Chef Mojo said...

Gotta love first world problems like this.

That America has transcended history to the point of having the leisure to worry about such things never ceases to amaze me.

Mitchell the Bat said...

I speak for all of us who possess a narrow, Greek nose when I say those retro eyeglasses are stupid.

ricpic said...

You can always fake intellectual prowess behind a pair of wire rimmed glasses, Is that the secret to Yeshiva "brilliance?"

David said...

Too school for cool.

Chef Mojo said...

A couple of years ago, I finally pulled the trigger and got a pair of Oakley Jackknife 4.0 glasses. Best glasses I've ever owned. They never slip down my nose, a very practical consideration for a chef.

Never liked the whole "retro" look thing. Reminds me of the military issue glasses I first had when I was a kid. Hated them.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

I hate those heavy framed glasses. They were what we HAD to wear when I was a child. Those and the horrid cat eye rhinestone glasses. Not fun being in 3rd grade and having to wear big honking glasses that other kids made fun of. Even when they came out with featherweight plastic lenses.....still thick as coke bottle bottoms. Thank goodness for contacts in junior high and high school. Now that I'm older the vanity thing of not wearing glasses is a non issue.

But...those big plastic frames are impractical. Not only are they big and heavy on your face, the large side arms block your peripheral vision.

Wear what you want though. The school is silly to ban these.

Sorun said...

I have hipster glasses for reading. They're $8 at Target and don't get bent out of shape like wire-rimmed. That they make me smart, hip, and handsome is just a coincidence.

Seeing Red said...

"Course"

or coarse?

BarrySanders20 said...

Coarse of course.

Peter said...

Wow. I've been wearing glasses like that since practically forever. And now you tell me they're retro??

Sam L. said...

That's the kind of glasses I got when in the service 40+ years ago. I wasn't a hipster then...

ken in sc said...

In the 70s the military issued these to enlisted personnel, and they were called 'birth control glasses', because a man wearing them could not get close enough to a woman to make her pregnant. My, how styles change. Then, if you wore glasses, you had to wear wire rim aviator glasses to be cool.

Aridog said...

Wow. The old **Rayban Wayfarer** style has sure hung on and made a few comebacks. Yeah, @ Sam L, the old Army issue specs looked a bit like them, but were a dreary gray translucent frame.

Aridog said...

Ken in SC referred to ...

'birth control glasses'

Here they are!

ken in sc said...

You could soak the gray ones in black clothing dye and make them look a little better, but not much.

ken in sc said...

Flight line mechanics were allowed one pair of aviator classes even though they were enlisted, because they would fit under hearing protection muffs. I valued mine very much.

Larry J said...

ken in sc said...
In the 70s the military issued these to enlisted personnel, and they were called 'birth control glasses', because a man wearing them could not get close enough to a woman to make her pregnant.


Yes, the infamous BCGs. I had them in the 1970s and they were still standard issue in the 1980s. They were butt ugly but pretty rugged frames.

R. Chatt said...

By "coarse" I think they mean vulgar, but they are too polite to use such an offensive term. They want their children to be pious, religious people -- not street people.

Maybe this is obvious, but those are parents and school administrators who take their responsibility to nurture and guide children seriously. I respect that.

Public schools allow children more freedom of expression and our economy encourages that consumerist mentality of course. Unfortunately too often sex appeal and being stylish, not their own education, are the primary concerns of the children with parents who are negligent.

30yearProf said...

In the 1970's the US military issued millions of pairs of these. They were known as "Condom Glasses" because of their inhibiting effect on interpersonal relationships. You would think the Yashiva would like that result.

They made the wearer look like a "dork". That's why everyone wore them in Revenge of the Nerds.