BLACKLIST: NON-PRESCRIPTION GLASSES
Poor eyesight is a physical handicap. A mild one as far as handicaps go, but one we myopes have made the best of. If glasses have, over time, become the mark of a learned person, it’s only thanks to us dorks destroying our eyes with countless hours of reading. We EARNED that shit.
That’s why, when a kid from the cool table with perfect vision wears glasses as a fashion accessory, it isn’t right. It’s affected, pretentious and straight-up nerd-minstrelsy*.
If it’s okay to co-opt my (minor) handicap, then I should be able to wear my arm in a sling or roll around in a wheelchair to gain sympathy. I could rock an eyepatch and fake a limp to project an air of grizzled worldliness.
That’s not so different than wearing thick frames with the hope of being mistaken for a smart person.
PRO TIP: If you wear your fake-ass frames without any lenses, the jig is up pretty quickly.
*forgive the glib comparison; we all know Jim Crow minstrelsy was about a million times more damaging.