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Opinion: Collar inspired chokers send message of oppression

By Paige Closson

Between Nickelodeon throwbacks and Buzzfeed articles reminding readers how enthralling slinkies are, nineties babies are bringing trends from their decade back into style, and among these trends is chokers.

That’s right, the once popular short necklace style is resurfacing in the accessory collection of chai sipping, Urban Outfitter-shopping hipsters everywhere. And just like a self-proclaimed punk wearing a Nirvana shirt but having never heard the names Kurt or Krist, people tend to follow fashion trends with eyes closed.

While some styles, like the nineties tattoo choker, are harmless enough, others leave a bad taste in my mouth. Popular in the gothic scene, choker’s mimicking the appearance of collars, or actual dog collars, are becoming increasingly popular.

While these specific style of chokers may be popular right now, the implications of pieces like Eddie Borgo’s small safety chain choker runs deeper than what’s in style.

Small Safety Chain Choker, Eddie Borgo, $350.

The wearers seem to be sending the message that they are a dog that needs taming, sending the message that they are voluntarily oppressing themselves. Countless celebrities including Rihanna, Taylor Momsen, Kylie Jenner and Katy Perry have also jumped on the new trend in collar inspired chokers.

Rhianna sporting her collar inspired choker. Photo credit: nnstylecartel

Living in the public eye, they have millions of young women looking up to them. What message does this send to their easily influenced fans? Many choker wearers choose to wear collar like necklaces without any thought of the implication of their accessory.

Most people don’t view chokers as oppressive but, the idea of being able to attach a young woman to leash at any moment and tote her around like an animal isn’t the type of message someone would want to send.


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